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Tracking the Storm

CYAH: Play with the Canes

Thursday, 03.03.2011 / 12:55 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Kalee Stoever
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CYAH: Play with the Canes
Caden Lewis, of Cary, North Carolina, had no idea he was about to have the best birthday present ever. In mid-February, Caden entered to win a chance to “Play with the Canes,” our annual street hockey promotion that features appearances by a select few Hurricanes players.

Kalee Stoever

Little did he know that out of approximately 1,000 entries he would be the one randomly selected (on his 9th birthday) to host this year’s event! After waiting in anticipation for a few weeks, the day finally came. On February 27th, the Hurricanes Promotions team headed out to his neighborhood to set up for this once in a lifetime experience.

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Caden invited his fellow RYHA U8 teammates over for what they thought was an end of the season pizza party, which they soon would find out was not their ordinary pizza party. When the kids showed up and saw the Hurricanes truck and van, and the border patrol street hockey rink set up in the cul-de-sac, they knew something was up. Hockey players being typical hockey players, the kids jumped right into the rink, grabbing sticks and suiting each other up in goalie gear, and got to playing a game.

About fifteen minutes later, Jamie McBain and Jiri Tlusty showed up, adding a little twist to what the kids thought they had already figured out. After a quick introduction of the players and explanation that this was in fact the “Play with the Canes” event, the kids quickly picked teams with McBain and Tlusty jumping in.

Even though this was just a pickup game, both the kids and the professionals were showing off their best skills. McBain and Tlusty were seen battling for the ball and dangling around one another to give their teammates passes. The goalies, which switched about every ten minutes, made some phenomenal saves, and the kids were shooting every chance they got to try and score a goal and hear that goal horn go off (the sound system definitely added a great touch to the game).

After about an hour of street hockey, the kids put down the sticks and went inside for some Rudino’s pizza and had the chance to get autographs and ask McBain and Tlusty any questions they had. The kids asked your typical questions, “When did you start playing hockey?” and “How many goals and assists do you have?” and once the kids ran out of questions, they took a group picture and McBain and Tlusty headed out to enjoy the rest of their day off.

The promotions team wrapped up the event with some giveaways such as posters and bobbleheads, and Caden received a Team Staal used McDonald’s accuracy shooting target from the All-Star Skills Competition.

Pictures from Sunday’s event can be found by clicking the link below. Check out the promotions schedule to see when the ‘Canes are in your community next!


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 43 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 48 10 19 -13 29
E. Lindholm 48 9 11 -12 20
R. Nash 48 7 13 -4 20
J. Tlusty 41 12 7 -12 19
J. Skinner 43 10 9 -8 19
N. Gerbe 44 5 13 -4 18
V. Rask 48 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 46 1 14 -6 15
J. McClement 48 1 9 -2 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 11 17 4 .914 2.37
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .914 2.41