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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 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