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Community: HFC, Skate with the Canes

Wednesday, 10.29.2008 / 3:53 PM / Tracking the Storm
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Community: HFC, Skate with the Canes
HFC ‘08
This Sunday we will celebrate the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) initiative.  The NHL had asked us all to celebrate our HFC nights in the month of October, but with only two home games that were already “themed” (opening night and black jersey debut), we wanted to make sure that we were able to fully promote HFC and the Hurricanes local involvement with cancer organizations. 
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We are lucky that we will be able to highlight nine local agencies: Komen for the Cure (Triangle), American Cancer Society, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Jimmy V Foundation, St. Baldrick’s, I’m Too Young for this (i2y), Cancer Centers of North Carolina, Duke Hospital and the NC Lung Partnership.

We also have some special people lined up in-game as well.  Our siren sounder will be Sandy Oehler, a lung cancer survivor who now works for the NC Lung Partnership and is the head of Raleigh’s Free to Breathe 5k (held next weekend).  The Star Spangled Banner will be sung by a 12-year-old boy who has raised over $20,000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  There will also be other in-game videos, PSAs and presentations…including Pete Friesen presenting a very nice check to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society for his pre-season Friesen 5k. 

A side note, the color this year is lavender…which I did not know is the color for general cancer awareness…and since HFC was set-up to help fight all cancers, this is the perfect color.  

Also, the Hockey Fights Cancer Hats this year are cool (available at the Eye with a portion of each sale going to HFC).   They are simply the locker room hat with the HFC patch on the side.  I liked last year’s hat, but I am not tough enough to get away with wearing a pink hat too often…it works for some people…but I was told I am not one of them.

Skate with the Canes
Tickets for our annual fundraiser will go on-sale Monday and Tuesday for this popular event.  I have received several questions and I will do my best to answer them below.

What time does the box office open?
The Time Warner Cable Box Office at the RBC Center opens at 10 a.m both Monday and Tueday

Why is the event on a weekday?

For the first time in a few years the event will not be on a weekend.  We tried very hard to find a weekend date…however, when you compare the calendar for building availability with the player’s travel schedules, there were no weekend options (there were only two week day options, and one was a player’s day off…their only one for that month).  It is great that our building is booked as much as it is…and I am sure the weekday event will be as popular as the weekend. 

What time is the event?
The event is slated to last from 6:00PM to 8:30PM (as long as practice ends on time).  If practice delays the start, the time will remain long enough to allow 40 minutes at each of the three stations. 

How much money does the event raise?
Last year the event raised just over $28,500.  This year we are hoping to raise over $37,000…all of which will be donated to local children’s organizations within the year. 

Do I need my own skates?
No, we will have rental skates available.  However, to ensure the best fit (and sharpening) it is always good to have your own skates

How are the groups broken up?
The three groups are broken up when you purchase your tickets.  Families will not be broken into different groups.  If you would like to travel through with friends, time of purchase is important.

Why do we not sell more tickets?
Though the primary focus of the event is a fundraiser, we also want everyone to leave with an enjoyable experience.  We feel that 600 attendees is the most we can accommodate while still allowing an appropriate amount of time at each of the three stations. 

Why do we not do the event more often?
See the answer to “Why is the event on a weekday”.

If you have other questions, please feel free to call me at 919.861.5467.  Your feedback is appreciated.

Thanks to everyone who has attended Skate with the Canes in the past.  I am sure this event will continue to be a fan-favorite and our Kids ‘N Community Foundation greatly appreciates the support provided by the sale of tickets for this event.  Thanks again!




1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31


E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45