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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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