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Community: Let the Fun and Beards Begin

Wednesday, 04.15.2009 / 1:22 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Doug Warf
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Community: Let the Fun and Beards Begin
I had trouble going to sleep last night. I am not sure if it was thinking about the playoffs, or my stubble rubbing the pillow…but I woke up this morning excited about facing the Devils yet again.

Doug Warf
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Beard-a-thon Update
I got an update this morning and, as of yesterday, we have 201 people officially signed-up and over $4,000 already raised for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation (Thanks to Mark McClure for leading the way). It seems that total has grown this morning, and hopefully it continues to grow. 

I think we are off to a great start, but I know the Caniacs can do better than 200 people. Perhaps some Canes fans were waiting until the “official” start.

Shaving Update
Speaking of the “official start”, make sure this morning’s shave was your last. Today is the official date to stop shaving if you are a hockey purist. True purists will also want to get one last haircut before tonight’s game as well.

I stopped shaving after our last game (hard to promote a beard-a-thon with no beard), and I got the haircut yesterday. I have updated my page so hopefully I can make up the $50 I need to get back on the leader board. Paul Strand is starting to run away from me in the fundraising race. He must be offering free lessons for a donation. 

As mentioned in a previous blog, you can “touch up” after wins if needed.

Koozies are In
The can koozies that Kat mentioned in yesterday’s blog arrived this morning. They look great and are perfect for the start of the playoffs. If you are at the Cool Bar tonight, the Canes staff will have them…just ask.

Shameless Personal Aside
I began my tenure with the Hurricanes during the 2000-01 season as a sales intern. I had the unenviable task of working for free on very challenging tasks like filing, formatting excel spreadsheets and alphabetizing client lists.   When I started, I knew hockey, but I did not love it, or the Canes for that matter. 

That all changed with the playoffs of 2001 versus the Devils. I vividly remember sitting in the third level of the ESA for Game 6 of the conference quarterfinals. Though the Canes were losing, and about to lose the series, the fans saluted the team for a valiant comeback in a hard-fought series that saw the Canes quickly fall behind three games to none. 

I am sure the crowd only stood and cheered for about the final 2 minutes…but looking back now, it seemed like we stood the entire third period. I left that game loving the Canes and the game of hockey. Eight years later, that was the last game I tailgated for, and one of the last I truly got to sit and watch. Hockey is now my job and has become a major part of my life.   So, if you are a fence-sitting Canes fan tonight, be careful, your life could change forever in the next few weeks.

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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
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81