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Community: Health 'N' Hockey

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 10:30 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Kristina Boyce
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Community: Health \'N\' Hockey



On November 3, over 300 youth from the YMCA of the Triangle came to the RBC Center for a Carolina Hurricanes practice to kick off our new health initiative, Health ‘N’ Hockey. We have partnered with the YMCA of the Triangle and Be Active North Carolina this season to provide a fun and exciting way to promote physical activity and healthy eating.

Kristina Boyce
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The statistics of overweight children are staggering and are continuing to grow each day. According to the Be Active North Carolina website, nearly half of North Carolina’s children ages 5 to 17 do not get the recommended amount of physical activity per day, and more than one third are overweight or obese. Our organization recognized the need to get kids excited about exercising and healthy eating and created a program based around our players.

The program was hosted by Ron the Ref and our in-game hostess, Maggie Reaves. Buses full of 300 kids pulled up to the RBC Center around 10:30 a.m. The kid’s faces were priceless as they entered the 18,000-plus seat arena and saw the ice and their program name flashing on the video board. The kids were seated and each child received a trivia sheet to fill out during the practice. The Carolina Hurricanes players came out on the ice around 11:00 a.m. and practiced for 45 minutes. It was exciting to watch the youth during practice because there was a mix of Hurricanes fans and kids that had never seen ice hockey played before. The YMCA counselors helped the kids encourage our players on the ice by leading the “Let’s Go Canes” cheer. They even started the wave.

At the end of practice, our official presentation began. A representative from Be Active North Carolina started off the program by speaking to the kids about ways to get the necessary 60 minutes of physical activity each day. The kids were able to gain the knowledge they need about the real reasons of why it is important to increase daily physical activity. 

Jay Harrison, defenseman for the Canes, came out after practice to participate in a Q&A session with the kids. They drilled Jay with questions, both funny and serious about playing for the Carolina Hurricanes. Jay then spoke about why it is important for him and the other players to eat healthy and stay active. He encouraged all of the kids to focus on living a healthy lifestyle and finished his talk by telling the group they were an inspiration to him.

In the next segment of our program, we used Stormy and Ron the Ref to get the kids up and moving. To be honest, I get insanely excited to see Stormy. He brings so much excitement to every Hurricanes game and community event he attends. For the Health 'N' Hockey event, they created a video of five exercises to provide an entertaining way for the kids to exercise in their seats. The exercises included the ham string stretch, the side-to-side stretch, the cow-bell dance, a favorite dance move and a goal celebration. While the video played on the video board, Stormy and Ron the Ref were in front of the crowd leading the stretches.

We were lucky enough to get Pete Friesen, our Head Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach, to speak to the group to conclude the program. He is passionate about his job and about keeping each Hurricanes player healthy and in tip-top shape. He spoke to the crowd briefly and then participated in a Q&A session.

The program ended with Ron the Ref and Maggie explaining our five-week challenge to the kids. Each child that attended received an official Health ‘N’ Hockey scorecard. On the front of the card is a physical activity challenge. For every hour of activity they complete, they get a point. They also get a point for every one hour or less of screen time (computer, TV, etc.). At the end of the five-week period, they can mail it back to us to receive a Carolina Hurricanes prize. The backside of the scorecard has Stormy tips for healthy eating and includes the www.choosemyplate.gov image to show the correct portions of food.

We have two more Health ‘N’ Hockey programs at the RBC Center this season. After the success of our first program, I am beyond excited to see the growth of this initiative. The Carolina Hurricanes are passionate and proud of our community, and we challenge all of our fans, no matter what age, to get up and MOVE!

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81