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Eric Staal to Skate with Capital City Crew Tuesday

Southeast's first HIFE team will practice at the RBC Center for the first time

Thursday, 10.22.2009 / 2:18 PM ET / News
By Terrell Williams
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Eric Staal to Skate with Capital City Crew Tuesday

RALEIGH, NC—Doug Warf, Director of Community Relations for the Carolina Hurricanes and Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, today announced that Foundation will be hosting the Capital City Crew at the RBC Center on Tuesday, Oct. 27, for a special practice with Hurricanes all-star center Eric Staal. The Capital City Crew is a team formed earlier this year, consisting of 32 underprivileged kids from Boys and Girls Club locations in Wake County. Tuesday will mark the team’s first-ever opportunity to skate on the RBC Center’s ice.

Media are welcome to attend Tuesday’s events, beginning with a news conference at 5:30 featuring Staal, who personally donated 20 full sets of equipment for the Crew. Warf, Crew Program Director John Scott and Hugh McLean, Director of the Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club, will join Staal at the news conference, which will outline the background of the Capital City Crew program. Following the news conference, Staal will join the Crew’s practice on the ice at the RBC Center, participating in drills and helping to coach a full-team scrimmage. Members of the Crew will be available to media following the practice.

Formed through a partnership among the Carolina Hurricanes, Raleigh Youth Hockey Association (RYHA), the Boys and Girls Club of Wake County and the National Hockey League, the Capital City Crew program consists of eight on-ice practices and six off-ice floor hockey and life skills sessions. The Crew is the first NHL “Hockey is for Everyone” (HIFE) team in the South, as similar programs have been established in Boston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Newark. Along with Staal’s generous donation through his relationship with Nike/Bauer, the National Hockey League Players Association also committed a $10,000 grant to the Capital City Crew through its Goals and Dreams Foundation.

The Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation provides much needed funding to children’s charities and education programs throughout North Carolina. The Foundation has funded scholarship programs, youth hockey, educational and literacy efforts, children’s health programs, the arts and other children’s related initiatives. Annually, the Foundation provides cash and in-kind contributions of more than $1 million to charitable and educational programs in North Carolina. Every member of the Hurricanes organization is actively involved in community activities and the Hurricanes take great pride in the ability to have a positive impact in our state.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60