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Community: Help Zach Call Charlotte Home

Proceeds from the April 3 silent auction to benefit the Charlotte Checkers Charitable Foundation

Thursday, 03.31.2011 / 4:16 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Kristina Boyce
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Community: Help Zach Call Charlotte Home
Zach Bennett is a 10-year-old boy who has a true passion for the sport of hockey. Zach was an avid fan of our former AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats, and never missed a game. Zach, more affectionately known as “Bug”, was considered part of the River Rats team. 

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Zach suffers from neurofibromatosis (NF1), which is a genetically inherited degenerative disorder where soft-tissue tumors grow on nerves.  He has had over 20 surgeries, including the amputation of both of his legs. He has had a tough first 10 years of life, but his passion for the Albany River Rats got him through each hospital visit. 

When the team moved to Charlotte last year, it was devastating news to Zach and his family.  Many of the current Charlotte Checkers players had grown close to Zach in Albany and consider him one of the guys and a fellow teammate.  Instead of dwelling on losing their team, Zach’s parents decided they couldn’t do without the newly -named Charlotte Checkers and began planning their move to Charlotte. Their decision to do so was not solely based on the team, but it was a leading factor. The nicer weather and well-known medical facilities gave them additional reasons to move down south. 

The Charlotte Checkers management has jumped on board to help support the Bennett family and their move. It all started with a reunion and fundraiser for Zach and his family on January 14 at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Since then, the Checkers have continued to find ways to assist the Bennett family financially to speed up the move. The Checkers recently created a fundraising campaign called “Facebook Fandemonium 2” to raise money for the Bennett family. For every “like” of their page, $2 would go to the Bennett Family. If they reached 25,000 fans (which they did today!), each fan would receive a free ticket to the April 4 game.

We are proud to have the Charlotte Checkers as our affiliate and want to join them and help bring Zach and his family to Charlotte. This is where we need YOUR (loyal, compassionate, caring, generous Carolina Hurricanes fans) help!

All proceeds from the silent auction at our game on April 3 (hosted by the Charlotte Checkers Charitable Foundation) will benefit Zach Bennett and his family. Please consider helping this family by coming by the Kids ‘N Community Foundation kiosk (outside of section 129) on Sunday to participate in the auction. The silent auction items for Sunday are:

We will be working alongside Charlotte Checkers representatives to raise money for a wonderful family and an inspirational little Checkers fan. Please stop by our kiosk (section 129) on Sunday, and help bring a huge smile to Bug’s face this year.

For more information and video, go to www.gocheckers.com.




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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 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