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Promotions: Play with the Canes 2009

Thursday, 03.26.2009 / 9:12 AM ET / 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 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 5 .905 2.43
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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