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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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60