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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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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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STANDINGS

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
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81