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Community: Best Player Beards

Tuesday, 04.21.2009 / 2:02 PM ET / 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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 55 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 53 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 55 12 19 7 31
K. Versteeg 54 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 55 9 21 1 30
E. Lindholm 55 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 48 8 12 0 20
J. Nordstrom 44 5 10 2 15
R. Hainsey 55 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 7 .909 2.34
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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