Tracking the Storm

CYAH: Play with the Canes

Thursday, 03.3.2011 / 12:55 PM ET / 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 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