Tracking the Storm

Community: All Access with Casino Night

Wednesday, 03.9.2011 / 3:17 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Katharine Kelley
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Community: All Access with Casino Night
Katharine Kelley
Many of you have already purchased your tickets to this year’s Casino Night and Wine Tasting presented by Convergence Technologies. Like most other special events (ex. The Grammy’s and Oscars), Casino Night is set for this Sunday night from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at the RBC Center.

This year’s “red carpet” event will feature close to 100 silent auction items, eight unique live auction items, a mystery puck fundraiser, raffle and enter-to-wins. Not to mention, your Carolina Hurricanes will all be there acting as dealers for half the night. So, if you haven’t already, be sure to purchase your tickets now! You can visit the Kids ‘N Community Foundation kiosk across from section 129 to purchase tickets at the game tonight. I’ve included a behind the scenes look at some highlights of this year’s Casino Night so you can know what to expect on Sunday.

This year, we are jumping on the technology touch-screen bandwagon and utilizing BidPal. Bidpal is a wireless bidding device that will allow you to bid from anywhere on the arena floor. We are getting rid of the old school bid sheets. So, while you are playing blackjack and Eric Staal is dealing your hand, you will not have to leave your seat to check on any items of interest. You can simply reach in your pocket or purse and keep up with your items from the palm of your hand. We are very excited about this technology, and we think that you all will find it very useful, convenient and advanced.

This year’s event features great silent auction items. Of course, the silent auction will be highlighted by the player baskets, which are made up of their favorite things, unique autographed items and sometimes even meet and greets or a Hurricanes bedroom. The baskets are slowly trickling in, but rumor on the street is that Eric Staal is putting together an All-Star basket. Last year, Chad LaRose included dinner with him at the Melting Pot, Erik Cole created an entire Hurricanes themed bedroom and Eric Staal included a meet and greet with him (and his Olympic gold medal) after a game. It's guaranteed that you will find unique, one-of-a-kind items in the player baskets.

A few other silent auction items:
  • A 2011 NHL All-Star Neon Bud Light signed by our four All-Stars
  • Easy mini-vacations to Asheville, Wilmington, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chapel Hill and Washington, D.C. – experiences paired with these desitionations include a hot air balloon ride, Battleship N.C. tour, Orioles game and habor tour, Washington Nationals tickets and more!
  • A new JBL Home Theatre System (valued at $17,000), thanks to our generous sponsor Convergence Technology
  • Spa, Portrait and Golf packages
  • A “team signed” Carolina Panthers replica helmet that is paired with two pre-game field passes before any 2011 Panthers' game (I’ve been lucky enough to experience this before a Panthers game, and it is truly an awesome experience!)
  • Entertainment around Raleigh included tickets to the 2011 production of A Christmas Carol, NC Theatre productions, Symphony and Ballet concerts or a birthday party at Marbles
  • RBC Center events: Monster Jam, Cirque du Soleil and Keith Urban
I could keep going on the silent auction items that we have. This is only a snapshot of what will be offered on Sunday. And, of course, we’ll have a live auction that features unique experiences with Hurricanes players that you can’t buy anywhere else.
  • You could join the team for an official Team Photo – this picture is taken on March 21 this year, and we will get it professionally framed for you.
  • Or, maybe you’d prefer 2 hours of unlimited go-karting, putt-putt and laser tag with Brandon Sutter and Jeff Skinner.
  • Perhaps a Trip with the Team is more up your ally – this is always a hit, and you will enjoy a trip to a Canadian destination – fly on the team plane, eat team meals, stay at the team hotel and you’ll get tickets to that game as well.
  • Or, you could join our NHL All-Stars for a four-course meal at Nina’s Italian Restaurant – we’ve done this the past few years with the Captains and the Olympians, and it has been a hit each time.
  • You could go ahead and plan for next season by purchasing the Opening Night VIP Suite Experience (and meet and greet after the game) – you can decide between having a catered BBQ tailgate or a formal dinner in your own private suite.
  • Bailey’s Fine Jewelry also donated a suite from their newest and hottest designer Ippolita. I saw the pieces today, and the bracelet, earrings and necklace are gorgeous.
Hopefully we will see you on Sunday. Your ticket gets you all-access to this great night – open bar, buffet, full casino games and, of course, access to your favorite Canes. All funds raised from Casino Night will benefit the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. We just received the most grant requests in our history, and proceeds from Casino Night will be donated directly to deserving non-profit children’s organizations this month.

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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