Tracking the Storm

Thank You

Thursday, 08.18.2011 / 12:54 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Thank You

Though I already announced it on Twitter this morning, I figured it deserved more than I could give it in 140-character bursts:

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Starting Monday, I’ll be leaving the Hurricanes to join our American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. Though I’ll be busy with some added responsibilities on the marketing side, I hope to generate the same level of hockey coverage on gocheckers.com that I’ve provided in this space for the last five years in my current role.

It’s been a crazy few weeks, but I am very excited about new opportunities in Charlotte. I already know the area well, having graduated from South Mecklenburg High School several years ago, and will have plenty of family members nearby. I even got my start as a professional with the Checkers, having worked as an intern in the summer of 2005 prior to doing the same with the Hurricanes during the 2005-06 season.

That being said, saying goodbye these last few days has been very tough. Having moved around every few years growing up, the nine years I spent in the Triangle dating back to my freshman year at UNC has been by far the longest time I’ve ever spent in one place. Though I’ll be returning to my North Carolina roots next week, this is home as much as anywhere else.

Working with the Hurricanes has been an incredibly rewarding experience, starting with the Stanley Cup championship in my first year to the most recent season, which had a tough ending but will definitely rank among the most memorable thanks to the European Premiere, the All-Star Game and the emergence of a star in Jeff Skinner.

A sincere thanks to all of you for your support and for making it fun along the way, especially with the additions of our social media properties over the last few seasons. I've enjoyed interacting with you on Twitter, podcasts, etc., ever since the launch of the Tracking the Storm blog a few years back. Without your readership and interest, none of that would have been possible.

Since I’ll be staying in the family, I hope to continue seeing most of you around my new gig. It’s an exciting time for the organization in terms of its prospects, and I look forward to giving those of you who followed me with the Hurricanes a better look at what’s coming your way in the future.

Thanks again, and I’ll see you soon.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

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