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Community: Staal Continues to Give Back

Tuesday, 09.16.2008 / 9:09 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
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Community: Staal Continues to Give Back
Eric Staal is continuing the tradition of providing a suite for every home game for local charity groups.  Staal, who has shared a suite with either Justin Williams or Erik Cole the last two years, will purchase a suite by himself this year.
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This is a great gesture by Staal and something that is appreciated by local charities throughout the hockey season.  It is awesome to visit the suite attendees, usually kids, as it is typically the first hockey game they have attended.  Their reaction to the entire game experience is very exciting and refreshing. 

Even better is when some groups get the chance to meet Eric after the game.  I distinctly remember a group of girls from a local non-profit who could not stop talking until Eric walked out last year…then...dead silence.  That silence said more to me than the 1,000 words per minute they were uttering before.  Of course he left and the silence was quickly replaced by discussions of his level of awesomeness (I guess their reaction is the true definition of AWEsome isn’t it?).  

Staal’s contract pen to be Auctioned
To continue giving back, Eric Staal and Jim Rutherford agreed to use a community relations issued Hurricanes pen to sign Eric’s landmark contract last Thursday.  The slick silver pen will soon be available for auction on our NHL auction web page, with proceeds going to the Kids 'N Community Foundation.  The pen will be accompanied by an autographed photo of Staal and Rutherford at the historic press conference. 

I tried to call a press conference to use the pen to sign my own three-day, $30 guaranteed extension…but it seems the ‘Canes might be holding out for arbitration.

Cam’s Champs
We met today with the folks from the Special Olympics to work on a third year of Cam’s Champs.  We have re-worked some of the prizes to include a really cool piece of game-worn memorabilia (rhymes with jersey), usually reserved only for auction.  More details will follow.

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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

STATS

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