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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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HOME
AWAY
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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