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HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH ERIK COLE

Friday, 08.12.2005 / 1:26 PM ET / News
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HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH ERIK COLE
Forward was the MVP of the German League playoffs in 2004-05

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the Hurricanes have agreed to terms with left wing Erik Cole on a one-year contract worth $1.14 million.

“Erik has performed well for the Hurricanes and we are happy to have him signed,” said Rutherford. “He led his team in Germany to the league championship last season and also performed well for Coach Laviolette at the World Championships.”

Cole, 26, tallied six goals and 21 assists (27 points) and 76 penalty minutes in 39 games for Eisbaren Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) in 2004-05. He scored five goals and added one assist (6 points) in eight playoff games, capturing the league’s Playoff Most Valuable Player award as Berlin won the league title. Cole played for Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette with the United States at the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Austria, totaling six points (1g, 5a) in seven games. He has been invited to the 2005 U.S. Olympic Orientation Camp to take place Sept. 5-8 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Cole (6’2’’, 200 lbs.) completed his third NHL season with Carolina in 2003-04, posting career highs in goals (18), points (42) and penalty minutes (93). He was second on the team in goals (18), penalty minutes (93) and shooting percentage (10.5%). He was third in points (42) and fifth in assists (24). A native of Oswego, N.Y., Cole has totaled 48 goals and 61 assists (109 points) in 214 career games with the Hurricanes.

Drafted out of Clarkson University of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) in the third round, 71st overall, of the 1998 Entry Draft, Cole played an integral role in Carolina’s run to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals, leading all NHL rookies in goals (6) and points (9) in the postseason. He led all rookies and ranked fifth in the NHL in hits during the regular season in 2001-02, and was fourth among rookies in points (40), fifth in goals (16), and tied for second in assists (24). Cole was selected to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2003 NHL YoungStars Game at All-Star Weekend, but he was unable to participate due to a broken fibula.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72