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Promotions: Play with the Canes 2010

Monday, 03.29.2010 / 3:23 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
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Promotions: Play with the Canes 2010


Brett Williams
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Six-year-old Will Salvatore was randomly chosen as this year’s lucky Caniac to win Play with the Canes. This is an event where the Hurricanes promotions team and select Hurricanes players, in this case Alexandre Picard and Patrick Dwyer, come out to the winner’s house for street hockey, autographs, photos and a pizza lunch. This was Picard’s first event as a Carolina Hurricane and he was not to shy to introduce himself to his new team's fans.

Click here for photos of the event.

This year’s event took place in a family-friendly neighborhood on February 28 that was jam packed with Caniac faithful. In the middle of the Salvatore's cul-de-sac, they have painted the Hurricanes symbol with the manhole being the eye of the storm. When the neighborhood found out that Will had won, they decided to prepare for our arrival and repaint the logo.

In past years, the winners have been out on the black-top battling away as forwards and defensemen, and I loosely use those terms as there were no definite positions in this game, but not Will. He donned the goalie pads, which may have been a few inches too big for him, got between the pipes, and showed the Hurricanes players that he was not scared to stop a few shots from the professionals. At the end of the game, he even took Stormy’s spot in goal, taking what seemed like every kid in the neighborhood on in a shootout which finished with Dwyer and Picard taking on the enthusiastic goalie.

Afterwards, everyone went inside to have a plethora of food and beverages. Will took the players on a tour of the house, highlighted by Will’s room, which was decked out in Hurricanes apparel and items. Will’s bed was even hockey-oriented with his headboard being a hockey goal, so on and off the ice/black-top he is stopping goals.

Did I mention that Will’s dad and uncle are the infamous Tuxedo Twins from the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoff run?


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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