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CITY HONORS HURRICANES EQUIPMENT MANAGERS FOR SUPPORTING POLICE DEPARTMENT’S HOCKEY CLUB

Thursday, 11.7.2002 / 3:22 PM ET / News
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CITY HONORS HURRICANES EQUIPMENT MANAGERS FOR SUPPORTING POLICE DEPARTMENT\u2019S HOCKEY CLUB
The Raleigh City Council today formally recognized two Carolina Hurricanes equipment managers for helping the Police Department establish a recreational hockey club.

Mayor Charles Meeker presented plaques to Wally Tatomir and Bob Gorman at the council meeting. Mr. Tatomir and Mr. Gorman, along with the Hurricanes organization, have donated equipment and arranged games for the BlueLiners, the Police Department’s hockey team. Additionally, Hurricanes players and coaches have provided tips to the BlueLiners.

“We could not do a fraction of the things we’ve done without the help we have received from Wally and Bob -- and they ask for nothing in return,” said Police Lt. Ken Mathias, president of the BlueLiners and a forward, or wing player, on the team. “They’ve been very instrumental in helping us get set up.”

The BlueLiners play recreational hockey games to raise money for fallen or ill public safety employees and their families, to further bond with the community and to be role models for youth.

“The team members all love to play hockey but this gives us an opportunity to do charitable community service,” Lt. Mathias said. “We can do something in a direct way by using an up-and-coming popular sport to help an officer or an officer’s family that is in need.”

The BlueLiners recently played two games -- one in Raleigh against Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and another in Washington, D.C., against the U.S. Secret Service -- to raise money for the Charles Paul III Memorial Fund. Master Officer Paul, a seven-year veteran of the Raleigh Police Department, was killed Sept. 10 when he lost control of his motorcycle while trying to catch a speeding vehicle on the I-440 Beltline. He is survived by his wife, Tiffany, and 1-year-old daughter, Charli.

The BlueLiners also played a hockey game on Saturday (Nov. 2) and hosted a charity golf tournament on Monday (Nov. 4) to raise money for the Tom Stetson Fund. Mr. Stetson is a Wake County EMS paramedic who has been diagnosed with medullablastoma, a rare type of brain cancer. The fund was established to help the Stetson family with medical bills. In the hockey game held at the Raleigh Iceplex, the BlueLiners played a team from Mr. Stetson’s hometown in Ontario, Canada.

Formed in spring 2001, the Police Department’s hockey club currently has 26 players -- 23 police officers and three civilians -- spread over three teams. The BlueLiners have won championships in three recreational leagues. The team’s home games are played primarily at the Iceplex and the RBC Center prior to Hurricanes games.

For more information about the BlueLiners, including the team’s game schedule, contact Lt. Mathias at 890-3555 or visit the club’s website at http://bluelinershockey.tripod.com/index.htm

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72