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KABERLE, GERBER NAMED TO OLYMPIC SQUADS

Thursday, 12.22.2005 / 10:02 AM ET / News
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KABERLE, GERBER NAMED TO OLYMPIC SQUADS
League-leading goal scorer Eric Staal named to Canada’s reserve squad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dec. 22, 2005

RALEIGH, NC –
The Czech Republic today announced that Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Frantisek Kaberle has been named to its roster for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. In addition, Switzerland named Hurricanes netminder Martin Gerber as one of three goaltenders on its roster. Hockey Canada announced yesterday that Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal has been named to the reserve squad for its 2006 men’s Olympic hockey team. Russia will announce its roster for the Olympics later today. All Hurricanes players will be available to the media following practice today, which starts at 11 a.m. at the RecZone on Hodges Street in Raleigh.

Kaberle, 32, leads all Hurricanes defensemen in scoring this season with 18 points (5g, 13a) in 30 games. Signed by Carolina as a free agent in July 2004, Kaberle ranks tied for 26th among NHL defensemen in scoring this season and has two game-winning goals for Carolina. The Kladno, Czech Republic, native has 129 points (25g, 104a) in 339 games in his NHL career.

Gerber, 31, is tied for fourth in the NHL in wins this season with 16. A native of Burgdorf, Switzerland, Gerber ranks tied for third in the league in shutouts (2), eighth in the league in save percentage (.915) and tied for 11th in goals-against average (2.55). Acquired by Carolina on June 18, 2004 in exchange for Tomas Malec and a third-round draft pick, Gerber is 33-29-8 (one shootout loss) in his NHL career with a 2.26 goals-against average.

Staal, 21, currently leads the NHL in goals (24) and is tied for fourth in the league in points (47). He is tied for eighth in the league in power-play goals (9) and tied for first in shorthanded goals (3). The NHL’s Offensive Player of the Month for October, Staal is the fastest player in Hurricanes franchise history to reach the 20-goal and 40-point marks, and has already surpassed Josef Vasicek’s team-leading points total from 2003-04 (45 points). Staal, Carolina’s first-round draft pick (second overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has points in 26 of the Hurricanes’ 33 games this season.

The first-place Carolina Hurricanes conclude a five-game home stand on Friday against Florida (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network) at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes are unbeaten on the home stand, having defeated Chicago, Columbus, New Jersey and Tampa Bay to improve their season record to 22-9-2, a franchise-best start. Individual game tickets for all Hurricanes games at the RBC Center in November, December and January can be purchased at the RBC Center box office, all TicketMaster outlets, by calling 919-834-4000 or via CarolinaHurricanes.com. For information on Hurricanes season-ticket packages and mini-season ticket plans, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60