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Hurricanes to Welcome Home Olympic Medalists

Fans to have opportunity to take pictures with four medals

Tuesday, 03.2.2010 / 1:56 PM ET / News
By Terrell Williams
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Hurricanes to Welcome Home Olympic Medalists

RALEIGH, NC—Doug Warf, Senior Director of Marketing for the Carolina Hurricanes and Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, announced today that the team will honor its four Olympic medalists during its game Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators. The game marks the first home game since the conclusion of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where Hurricanes players earned four medals – one gold, one silver and two bronze.

In addition to the in-game recognition of the Hurricanes’ Olympians, fans will have an opportunity to see the prizes earned by the players. All four medals will be on display on the main concourse near section 113. For a minimal, tax-deductible donation ($3) to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, fans can see and get their pictures taken alongside the Olympic medals. Fans should bring their own personal cameras for the pictures.

All four of the Hurricanes' Olympians won hardware in Vancouver, making Carolina one of only two teams for which every player represented won a medal. The Hurricanes were one of three teams that saw players win one of each type of medal (Anaheim and Vancouver were the others), as Eric Staal won gold with Canada, Tim Gleason captured silver with the United States and Tuomo Ruutu and Joni Pitkanen earned bronze with Finland. Only Anaheim (7 medals) and San Jose (5) won more medals at the Olympics than Carolina. Chicago and Los Angeles each also won four.

Staal, 25, totaled one goal and five assists in Vancouver, ranking tied for third in the tournament in assists and tied for 10th in points. With his Olympic gold medal, he became just the 23rd player in history to enter the “Triple Gold Club” as a winner of hockey’s three biggest championships – a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold and a World Championship. Staal is the first active player to win Olympic gold in franchise history.

Gleason, 27, was (+3) in six games while helping the United States to the silver medal. The Clawson, MI, native is the first Hurricane to win silver since Tom Barrasso did so in Salt Lake City in 2002. Pitkanen, 26, earned four points (1g, 3a) in helping Finland to bronze, and led the tournament in penalty minutes (29). Ruutu, 27, scored a goal for Finland as well.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81