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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 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
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12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
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