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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 5 .905 2.43
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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