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Guy Behind the Guy: Organizational Depth

Wednesday, 10.22.2008 / 11:41 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
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Guy Behind the Guy: Organizational Depth
Mike Sundheim
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If you read the headline and clicked on this blog expecting to read about Casey Borer, Brett Carson, Dwight Helminen, I apologize. This isn’t about our organization’s depth on the ice, it’s about the depth off the ice. In this case, it’s in the equipment room.

You’d have had to really be paying attention to the shots of our bench during the broadcasts of our two games out west to notice that somebody was missing. It wasn’t a player or a coach, but rather the familiar face of Hurricanes Equipment Manager and Wally Tatomir.

Just before the team made its cross-country journey to California, poor Wally fell ill with flu-like symptoms. In an effort to halt the risk of the sickness spreading through the locker room, Wally was quarantined by team doctors. So, sitting in Wally’s seat on the flight to California was Jorge Alves – an N.C. State grad who serves as a part-time practice goaltender and part-time assistant equipment manager for the team when he isn’t hooked on with a minor league team.

It wasn’t Jorge’s first trip with the team – he stepped in once for Skip Cunningham – but it was certainly his longest. And not a bad trip to make, spending four days in Southern California and picking up three of four points. Alves will again make the trip tomorrow, when the team heads to Pittsburgh to start the second half of its monster October road streak.

I again snapped some shots with my BlackBerry to show how folks like Bob Gorman and Skip Cunningham are stepping up, along with Jorge, to fill the roles of their sick colleague.

Media Alert: Rod Brind’Amour will be on NHL Live, which airs on XM and the NHL Network, today after 12:30 p.m.

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