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Promotions: Play with the Canes 2009

Thursday, 03.26.2009 / 9:12 AM / Tracking the Storm
By Kaitlin Szulik
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Promotions: Play with the Canes 2009
Kaitlin Szulik
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When their day to spend playing street hockey with Hurricanes players gets rained out, most kids would be heartbroken, but this year’s Play with the Canes winner was not about to let freezing rain and cold temperatures stop her from spending an afternoon with players Michael Ryan and Tim Conboy.

Seven-year-old Colby Summers was randomly chosen as this year’s lucky Caniac to win Play with the Canes, an event where the Hurricanes promotions team and select Hurricanes players come out to the winner’s house for street hockey, autographs, photos and a pizza lunch.

This year’s event took place on Sunday, March 1, and due to adverse weather conditions, Colby got a slightly different Play with the Canes experience than past years.  Instead of playing out in the street, she, along with her her older siblings and close friends, took countless shots on Stormy in goal (and one of the members of the promotions team) in her garage, and was soon surprised by Ryan and Conboy as they walked into her house out of the rain. She was star struck!

They all made their way inside for a relaxed question and answer session in her living room, where Colby squeezed right between the two players on the ottoman. She immediately put her hands up behind the players heads to make bunny ears – she clearly had lost all nerves of meeting NHL players by this point. Some of the questions ranged from the serious, “Do you really get enough time to catch your breath between line changes?” to the humorous, “What is it like to be famous?” which caused many of the kids in the room to laugh.

Lots of autographs by the players and Stormy, including a few pictures here and there, made the kids forget that it was sleeting outside, but how could they be upset when posing for the camera beside an NHL player? The big smiles on their faces could not be mistaken for anything other than pure joy. From hats to jerseys to picture frames, Ryan and Conboy happily signed everything the kids put in front of them.

Following a pizza lunch, Colby, her brothers and her friends made their way to the rec room to take on Ryan and Conboy in NHL 09 on the Wii. (She left the Wii-playing up to her siblings, much to their enjoyment). It took some time for the kids to decide which pro team Ryan and Conboy would play for on the video game, since the kids wanted to be Carolina, but once the decision was made the kids certainly did not hold back their video game skills. I believe the kids actually beat the professional players in one of the games.

What started out as a wet, chilly day turned into one of warmth and happiness as a child’s wish came true by spending the day with Hurricanes players in her very own home. Colby made do without playing street hockey; she was just as content sitting on the lap of her hockey heroes.

Stay tuned for next year’s Play with the Canes!

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45