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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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61