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Community: Clothing Drive, Meet and Greet

Thursday, 01.8.2009 / 3:10 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Katharine Kelley
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Community: Clothing Drive, Meet and Greet
Katharine Kelley
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Carolina Hurricanes Clothing Drive
This past Tuesday (January 6), the Carolina Hurricanes players’ wives hosted the last of our three drives of the season.

The clothing drive turned out to be one of our best collections ever thanks to the generosity of all those who participated. People who donated an item of clothing were not only offered a BOGO ticket opportunity for the game that night, but also they were entered into a drawing to win a Carolina Hurricanes Replica Jersey and a meet and greet with the wife’s husband after the game.

The players’ wives have taken an extremely active involvement in all of our drives this season. They have been in the box office prior to each game collecting donated items, passing out BOGO vouchers, and interacting with fans. They continue to approach us with new ideas for raising money and awareness for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

Now, back to the drive…

All of the clothes are being equally distributed among Helping Hands Mission, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill. Helping Hands Mission and the Salvation Army were both on the concourse during the game promoting awareness for their respective organizations. All three organizations have expressed their abundant thanks to all those who donated clothes. Many less fortunate people and children will be able to stay warm this winter.

Post Game Meet and Greet
This was the first time that we offered a chance at a post-game meet and greet with players after the game in exchange for donated items. People who entered the raffle were called in the middle of the first period. We were a little nervous that people might not have cell service or be able to hear their phones over the noise of the game. We only talked to two of the six winners so we weren’t sure what the turnout would be. Fortunately, everyone received our messages and/or saw their name on the jumbotron because everyone showed up. One of the winners was not even in the building! He had come to the game against St. Louis, donated clothes, and filled out the “enter to win ticket” with the mindset that he doesn’t ever win anything. But, he did! He made it to the RBC Center with plenty of time to spare.

Each winner was given their respective player replica jersey, and then we headed down to the locker room entrance. One by one, players came out to visit with the winner, sign the jersey, and take memorable photos. It must have been fate for some of these people. The man who was meeting Chad LaRose told me that Chad has been his favorite player for a long time. It was also fate that the youngest winner, 11-year old Robert, won the meet and greet with veteran Captain Rod Brind’Amour. Robert told us that he was going to be a professional baseball player and play for the Yankees, so this was his first taste of his future as a professional athlete. Cam Ward, Niclas Wallin, Scott Walker, and Patrick Eaves also took part in the post-game meet and greets.

In addition to the 3-2 win against New Jersey, the clothing drive and all of its perks made the night extra special. Thank you, again, for participating in the clothing drive. We are thankful that you continue to choose us as your avenue to positively impact our community.

Come visit us at the Kids ‘N Community Foundation Silent Auction Kiosk (section 129) during any home game. We also have some big dates coming up this spring. On February 14th we will be holding our Valentine’s Day mystery autographed t-shirt sale, and March 15th is Casino Night. All proceeds from these events benefit the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81