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Staal and Whitney Named Alternate Captains

Friday, 09.14.2007 / 12:39 PM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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Staal and Whitney Named Alternate Captains
Fourth-year center and veteran winger will wear the “A” during Hurricanes road games

RALEIGH, NC—Peter Laviolette, head coach for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today named center Eric Staal and left wing Ray Whitney as two of the team’s alternate captains. Staal and Whitney join defenseman Glen Wesley and left wing Cory Stillman as alternate captains, while veteran center Rod Brind’Amour will continue to serve as the team’s captain. Staal and Whitney will serve as alternate captains during Carolina’s road games, and Wesley and Stillman will wear the “A” on their sweaters at home.

“Both Eric’s and Ray’s talents on the ice speak for themselves,” said Laviolette. “They’ve lead our team in scoring the past two years, but in that time they’ve also become leaders in the dressing room. It’s the right time for them to join the Hurricanes’ leadership group.”

Staal, who will turn 23 on Oct. 29, was drafted by the Hurricanes with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the team following his first professional training camp, and in three NHL seasons with Carolina has scored 86 goals and earned 115 assists (201 points). In 2005-06, he led the team in goals (45) and points (100) during the regular season, and finished tied with Stillman for the team lead in assists (55). During Carolina’s run to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship in 2006, Staal led the NHL in scoring, posting 28 points (9g, 19a) in the Hurricanes’ 25 games. In 2006-07, he ranked third on the team with 30 goals, 40 assists and 70 points.

Whitney, 35, joined the Hurricanes prior to the 2005-06 season and has posted 138 points (49g, 89a) in 144 regular-season games with Carolina. The 15-year NHL veteran, who served as the Columbus Blue Jackets’ captain during the 2002-03 season, established a career-high with 83 points (32g, 51a) in 2006-07 while leading the Hurricanes in scoring and ranking second in goals and assists. Whitney ranked tied for second on the team with Staal and Stillman with nine goals during Carolina’s run to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
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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 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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