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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 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
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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