Tracking the Storm

Community: 1 Hat Trick, 500 Hats, 3 Hospitals

Wednesday, 08.18.2010 / 2:29 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Kristina Boyce
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Community: 1 Hat Trick, 500 Hats, 3 Hospitals

No one would have thought that Eric Staal’s hat trick during the April 8, 2010, game would impact the community, but it did. 

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During that game, the first 14,000 fans received a Carolina Hurricanes hat courtesy of Chevrolet. When Staal scored his third goal, over 500 brand new hats were thrown on the ice in celebration. Staal was able to choose the end recipient of the hats - children at our local hospitals.

Click here for a photo gallery of the three hospital visits 

On August 11, 2010, Stormy and two members from the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad gave out over 350 hats to the child outpatient clinics and staff at UNC Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s Hospital. Stormy and the Storm Squad then made rounds at each hospital to visit inpatient rooms. The inpatients we visited are currently in the hospital for a longer period of time.

It was amazing to hear the stories from the families and see the strength in each child we met. We met a little boy who was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It was his first time meeting Stormy and he was thrilled. His mom explained that they had been in the hospital for four weeks and he had gone through his first rounds of chemotherapy. She said that Stormy’s visit meant so much to their family and brought pure joy to her son.

We also met family friends of a little girl who had a broken leg. They shared with us that the girl was in a car accident last weekend with her dad and brother. Her brother was still in the ICU and her dad had passed away. Her visit with Stormy and the Storm Squad was the first time she had smiled all week.

Our final visit was to Rex Hospital on Monday, August 16. Stormy and members of the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad made the rounds at Rex, visiting patients in the pediatric wing. We made a stop in the Carolina Hurricanes Pediatric Playroom to play with some of the children. We donated over 100 hats to the patients and staff at Rex Hospital.

The children we met are currently facing more at their young age than most of us will face in a lifetime. They are in the hospital day in and day out. Some of the children have to lie in bed all day, go through painful treatments and wonder if they are ever going to be back in school with their friends. A Carolina Hurricanes hat and a visit from our beloved mascot and Storm Squad was able to brighten their day; even if it was just for a minute.

Thank you to Eric Staal, Chevrolet, UNC Children’s Hospital, Duke Children’s Hospital and Rex Hospital for making these visits possible. It might just be a hat that was given out at the door coming in to a Hurricanes game to most people, but to the patients and staff we met at the hospitals, it was a reason to smile.

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  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
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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

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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