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HURRICANES HIRE JOHNSON AS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Thursday, 01.4.2007 / 2:54 PM ET / News
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HURRICANES HIRE JOHNSON AS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Raleigh native will lead all marketing and promotions efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Jan. 4, 2007

RALEIGH, NC—
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has hired Curt Johnson as its new Director of Marketing. Johnson, who comes to the team from the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer, will be responsible for all of the team’s efforts in marketing campaigns and will oversee CanesVision, CanesDesign, game-night promotions, youth hockey and fan development.

Johnson served as General Manager of the Kansas City Wizards for the past seven years, overseeing both the franchise’s business operations and team management, and helping Kansas City become one of the most successful Major League Soccer franchises both on the field and off. He helped lead Kansas City to the MLS Cup Championship and Supporter's Shield in 2000, and both the U.S. Open Cup and Western Conference Championship in 2004. Johnson re-vamped all sales and marketing initiatives, while providing strategic and operational leadership, helping the Wizards become the first organization in the history of Major League Soccer to record five consecutive years of paid attendance growth. He oversaw a ticket sales staff which tripled the team’s season ticket base from 2000-2004, and worked closely with team ownership, Major League Soccer, state, city and county officials over the past five years to gain funding and support for a new world-class soccer stadium and youth soccer complex in Kansas City. Most recently, Johnson helped to orchestrate one of the most lucrative team sales in the history of Major League Soccer.

Prior to joining Kansas City, Johnson served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League from 1998-99. Before making the jump to the front office, Johnson was an assistant men's soccer coach for his alma mater, North Carolina State University, during the 1996 season, and was an assistant coach for the Raleigh Flyers, formerly of the A-League, in 1995. From 1992-94 he served as the Midwest region's Marketing Director for adidas. The Raleigh native received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from North Carolina State University in 1991. On the soccer field, Johnson was a four-year defensive starter at NC State and was team captain his senior year when the Wolfpack won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals in 1990. Johnson is a graduate of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh and served as the school’s Director of Alumni Affairs from 1994-95.

The Hurricanes begin a two-game home stand when they host the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at the RBC Center. The Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina will be on hand prior to the game to collect non-perishable food. Fans donating at least two cans of food will receive a buy-one-get-one-free ticket voucher good for the game. The home stand concludes Saturday night, when Carolina hosts the New York Islanders. Tickets are available at the RBC Center box office, all TicketMaster locations, by calling 919-834-4000 or via www.CarolinaHurricanes.com. For information on Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NJD 57 29 21 7 125 124 65
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
9 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 BUF 57 23 28 6 135 156 52
15 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 54 14 19 2 33
J. Staal 56 12 21 8 33
J. Skinner 56 19 13 -1 32
K. Versteeg 55 11 21 1 32
E. Staal 56 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 56 8 17 -9 25
A. Nestrasil 49 9 12 1 21
J. Nordstrom 45 5 11 2 16
R. Hainsey 56 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 11 7 .909 2.35
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74