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Community: Zach Calls Charlotte Home

Tuesday, 04.12.2011 / 9:51 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Kristina Boyce
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Community: Zach Calls Charlotte Home
It is official - Zach Bennett and his family will call Charlotte home at the end of April. Thanks to help from Charlotte Checkers management, fans, and friends, “Bug” and his family were presented the keys to their new home at the April 9 Checkers game.

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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. Their new home is handicap accessible and a short drive from Time Warner Cable Arena, where his favorite team plays hockey.

Fundraisers for Zach included a campaign called “Facebook Fandemonium 2” - for every “like” of their page, $2 went to the Bennett Family; our proceeds from the April 3 silent auction; a live Charlotte Checkers post-game jersey auction; Checkers and Hurricanes fan donations; and a future eBay auction of the Checkers’ black jerseys, which were donated by Amtrak.

Thanks to the generosity of our fans, we were able to raise $7,650 at our silent auction on April 3 for the Bennett Family. The funds we raised were used to purchase needed appliances and items for their new kitchen. The kitchen was also decorated with a Carolina Hurricanes apron, oven mitt and pot holder, a magnet signed by Eric Staal and a magnet signed by the 2010-2011 Carolina Hurricanes team to display our team’s support.

Thank you to everyone that made the Bennett family’s dream of moving to Charlotte a reality. “Bug” will be a permanent part of Charlotte in just a few short weeks, and he couldn’t be more excited. Check out the video below of “Bug” and his family walking into their new home:



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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