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Community: Best Player Beards

Tuesday, 04.21.2009 / 2:02 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Doug Warf
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Community: Best Player Beards
Well, according to the fans, the most popular player’s playoff beard right now is Tuomo Ruutu.

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18 players have officially commited to growing playoff beards and all of their pages have been updated on www.beardathon.com/hurricanes

Of those 18, Ruutu leads the way with $60 in donations, followed closely behind by Nic Wallin’s 50 bucks. A distant third is Tim Gleason with $10 and tied for fourth are Matt Cullen and Scott Walker with $3.50 (.50 per day). 

The other 13 players have yet to receive any pledges. Remember folks, the pledges do not go to the players, the money goes to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. 

Chad LaRose wants your energy to drive you to donate, Cam Ward needs your backing, Eric Staal could use an assist from you and Erik Cole needs your speed on the keyboards. Tim Conboy would love to be knocked down by a donation…ok, I will stop with these…as long as you go on and donate.

If you need inspiration, think back to Cole’s grizzly game 7 beard or Cullen’s post-Cup ‘stache. 

And yes, I practice what I preach. I recently went on to pledge Scott Walker 50 cents per day. Hopefully this June I am making a $30 donation to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation in Scott’s honor. 

Joking aside, the Beard-a-thon has been going very well. I really enjoy watching the match-up of Paul Strand vs. Jesse Riggleman. These two have done an amazing job as they represent nearly 20% of the total amount that has been raised (currently over $15,500). Thanks again to everyone who is participating.

Where’s Your Beard?
I do have to admit that it was pretty cool to walk around the concourse and see so many beards on faces that I typically see cleanly shaven. I do not know everyone’s name, but I do see a lot of faces each night. To all those faces that are becoming a little harder to see…you are looking great. I am somewhat past the “itchy” stage…what about you? 

Brind’Amour Jersey in Auction
Tonight, the feature auction item at our silent auction will be Rod Brind’Amour’s game worn jersey from Glen Wesley’s retirement night. This is a really cool jersey that features the autographs and numbers of two of the integral leaders of the 2006 Stanley Cup Championship team.  

Task Force Hurricanes
For Sunday night’s game we were able to provide a few tickets per a donation to the families and a few soldiers from Task Force Hurricanes, a local National Guard post. Most of the members of Task Force Hurricanes are currently stationed in various parts of Iraq, but we were able to host their families. 

One very cool thing was that one troop member who was able to attend had just arrived back in the US Saturday night. He was able to attend the game with his family. Thanks to those in service who allow us to play this game.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 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