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Hurricanes Nominees Named for NHL Awards

NC PHWA nominates Brind'Amour for Masterton; Teammates nominate Staal for Clancy

Wednesday, 04.01.2009 / 1:14 PM / News
By Ken Preston
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Hurricanes Nominees Named for NHL Awards

RALEIGH, NC—The North Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association today named Carolina Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour its nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Similarly, the Hurricanes’ players yesterday voted alternate captain Eric Staal the team’s nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Brind’Amour, 38, suffered a season-ending knee injury in February 2008, and a second injury to the same knee in September 2008, before the opening of training camp.

Despite the injuries, subsequent surgeries and difficult rehabilitations, Brind’Amour played in Carolina’s final preseason game just 20 days after the second procedure, and was in the lineup for the Hurricanes’ season opener on Oct. 10. To date, he has played in 75 of the team’s 77 games this season, leads all NHL skaters with a 60.6 faceoff-win percentage and ranks second among Carolina skaters in average ice time at 18:56 per game. In the Hurricanes’ last 12 games, Brind’Amour has scored six goals, earned 10 assists (16 points) and registered a plus-9 plus/minus rating, helping the team to a 9-1-2 record in that span and to move it into fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. For the season, he ranks tied for second on the team with 33 assists and tied for fourth with 47 points.

Brind’Amour is in his 20th NHL season, and will play his 1,400th NHL regular-season game with his next game played. Earlier this season, he became just the fourth NHL player to play in 600 games with two different clubs and he is one of just six active NHL players with 400-or-more goals and 700-or-more assists.

The King Clancy Trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice, and has made a noteworthy contribution in his community. This season, Staal began “Eric’s Entourage,” in which he purchases a luxury suite – fully equipped with food, snacks and drinks – for each Hurricanes home game, and donates it to local children’s charities. The children attending the games become members of “Eric’s Entourage,” and receive a goody bag that includes an “Eric’s Entourage” t-shirt signed by Staal. Throughout the season, several of the groups using the suite visit Eric after games for a meet-and-greet.

Along with the “Eric’s Entourage” program, Staal is an integral part of the Kids N’ Community Foundation’s fundraising events. He is one of the team’s most-requested players at the Foundation’s golf tournament, and fans gather around him in droves at annual Foundation events like Casino Night and Wine Tasting, and the popular Skate with the Canes event. Eric also participates in team hospital visits, this year visiting UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45