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Community: Playoff Fundraising

Wednesday, 06.10.2009 / 4:54 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Doug Warf
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Community: Playoff Fundraising
The playoffs were very good for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, and for that, we say THANKS to the many who donated. In total, we raised over $110,000 from the end of the regular season until the end of the Canes run in the playoffs.

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The two major contributors to this were the Beard-a-thon, which raised just over $55,000, and our in-game silent auction items, which raised just over $42,000 during our eight home games. During the regular season, we averaged approximately $2,300 each game at our silent auction booth. During the playoffs, that number more than doubled to an average of $5,300.

The playoff drink koozies also contributed nearly $6,000 to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation while the raffles at Cool Bars raised just over $10,000.

As I have said many times before, this came at a very opportune time as we have extended our Foundation as far as possible to meet the increased demands from local children’s non-profits.    

Player Beards
The player beards were fun to keep track of. There were a few people who had a larger contingency than I expected, but the typical fan favorites seemed to favor well. The final tally looked like this for the 18 participating players:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Final
Player Name
Final Amount
Beard
 
 
Rank
 
 
Raised
Rate
 
 
1
Erik
Cole
$667.00
3
 
 
2
Scott
Walker
$574.00
2
 
 
3
Tuomo
Ruutu
$516.00
3
 
 
4
Niclas
Wallin
$484.00
3
 
 
5
Chad
LaRose
$451.78
3
 
 
6
Cam
Ward
$415.00
3
 
 
7
Dennis
Seidenberg
$335.00
2
 
 
8
Tim
Gleason
$308.00
2
 
 
9
Matt
Cullen
$287.00
2
 
 
10
Eric
Staal
$276.00
2
 
 
11
Jussi
Jokinen
$190.00
2
 
 
12
Joe
Corvo
$187.00
2
 
 
13
Ray
Whitney
$159.00
2
 
 
14
Joni
Pitkanen
$141.00
1
 
 
15
Ryan
Bayda
$112.00
3
 
 
16
Sergei
Samsonov
$97.00
2
 
 
17
Michael
Leighton
$67.00
2
 
 
18
Tim
Conboy
$66.00
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Final Beard Notes of Interest

  • Cole made a big surge at the end with a major donation
  • Wallin dropped a little from the last game due to a few folks who did not follow-through on their day-to-day donations
  • 6 players finished with a beard rating of 3. Zero players finished with a beard rating of 1. People didn’t want to be “Paula” and freely hand out 4’s or 5’s…but obviously no one was “Simon” about it either.
  • The top 5 from the first day I started tracking (4/22) was LaRose, Wallin, Ruutu, Walker, and Ward/Staal were tied for fifth
  • Ruutu, Wallin, Walker and Cole all held the #1 spot at some point. Cole held it the shortest amount of time, but finished where it mattered. Ruutu held number one the longest, but was overtaken by Walker on May 22. 
Blog Beards
I don’t know if I beat Sundheim in the true “better beard” contest or not. He came strong. I think he had an overall “better looking” beard…but I might have had a better playoff beard. Debatable.

What is not debatable, I somehow won the fundraising portion (thanks to those that I badgered into support). The final breakdown had me raising $1,433, Jon Chase in second with $613, Mike Sundheim finished a respectable third with $426 and Paul Branecky…well every race needs a loser. Paul finished with $60. 

Honestly, I do really appreciate all of my family, friends and Canes fans who supported me. I was personally surprised that I broke the $1,000 mark so I thank everyone for making me feel better about my beard bonanza. 

I did have as much fun as possible shaving down from the playoff beard. I promised a few of my donors that I would take a few goofy photos while shaving down. So, I documented a few of my photos on my beard-a-thon page so that you can share in the laughter. I will warn you, these are not my most professional side…but hey, it’s the off-season. Check them out here.

Prince of Wales Trophy
Mike Bolt, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s keeper of the Cup, was in town with the Prince of Wales trophy for game four of the Eastern Conference Finals. I was hoping that he would need to make a return trip…but oh well. 

I stopped in to say hello to Mike as he and I spent a lot of time touring NC with the Cup during 2006. I got a look at the Prince of Wales late in the third period and looked better than ever. When we had it last in 2006, it was lacking a few updates. It has now been refurbished and now includes the Hurricanes engraving (in ’06, our ’02 team was yet to be represented on it). I did not touch it, but I did take a photo so all Canes fans can see how we have been added.

On a side note, I always find it funny/cool that the superstition around the trophies is so deep. With the Cup, and with the POW, neither enters the arena until the game is well underway so that the players do not visibly see that it is “in the building”. Not only is this a good superstition, I think it is good sportsmanship by the NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Other
We have been working on several things lately that will probably get their own blogs within the next week. However, our Pick Up a Book and Read assemblies have been going great, the Komen race for the Cure is this Saturday and our Canes team is set and ready to run, Cam’s Champs will have their wrap-up next week and the NHL Diversity program is closing in on some great things.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62