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Community: Player Beards; Nearly 10K Raised

Friday, 04.17.2009 / 4:53 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Doug Warf
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Community: Player Beards; Nearly 10K Raised
The Canes have 18 players who are confirmed to be growing playoff beards. Some, you can easily tell from TV…some might need a little confirmation. So far, there are only 2 players not growing beards (mainly because they did not grow them in ’06) and there are a couple of players who are not sure.

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However, the 18 who are in it for the long haul all have their own player pages on our www.beardathon.com/hurricanes website. Their pages have been updated with their team headshot from the regular season as well as a few photos. We were able to snag a few photos from Getty Images from Game One, but most of the photos are from our last home regular season game.

We will do our best to keep these pages up-to-date so that you can rate their beards and pledge your favorite players. This will obviously become easier when the team returns to Raleigh and our team photographers are in house.

The 18 players that are confirmed are:

Sergei Samsonov   
Eric Staal   
Matt Cullen   
Ray Whitney   
Joni Pitkanen   
Cam Ward   
Tim Gleason
Dennis Seidenberg   
Jussi Jokinen   
Tuomo Ruutu   
Tim Conboy   
Chad Larose   
Scott Walker   
Joe Corvo   
Ryan Bayda   
Erik Cole   
Niclas Wallin   
Michael Leighton  

You can find their page by logging onto www.beardathon.com/hurricanes and entering their name into the “Search” box in the upper right hand portion of the page (above “Build a Beard”).

Fundraising
We are very close to eclipsing $10,000 raised for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. This will be a noticeable milestone to everyone, because once we eclipse this number, our total raised will begin to appear in the bottom right corner box. 

As of early this afternoon, we were close to $8,900 raised and nearly 300 Hurricanes beard growers. This is a great total and I would like to personally thank everyone who is growing a beard, or has pledged a beard (or has posted a picture with a fictitious beard).

Fundraising has never been as important as it is right now. The Kids ‘N Community Foundation realized the need of many non-profits this year so we donated to the furthest extent that we felt was possible. That means we need to do some great fundraising over the summer and early fall to have enough money available for our fall grant cycle (fall is usually when we receive our largest amount of requests…and many non-profits are still feeling the economic strains).

The Beard-a-thon has been a GREAT step in a positive direction and I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who is participating.

If you have yet to pledge anyone, have fun with it. Go on your favorite player’s page and pledge them 50 cents for each day they have their beard. 

Will you be that upset to make a $30 donation if the Canes are still playing in June? 

Finally, I talked to a few Canes fans who were very nervous about their beard mojo after only one game. Folks, remember, overcoming adversity is what makes things memorable. I made a few small tweaks today to my normal routine, but none of those tweaks involved my beard (it withstood the test two years ago…one tweak today was actually wearing my Stanley Cup ring today…something I do not usually do, but it has brought me great memories all day long).

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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
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