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Tracking the Storm

Community: Capital City Crew and Paper Hearts

Monday, 02.20.2012 / 2:47 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Ryan Kieras
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Community: Capital City Crew and Paper Hearts


On Feb. 15, Canes rookie defenseman Justin Faulk and a group of Hurricanes staff members paid a visit to the Carolina Ale House in Cary. The visit served two very important purposes: the celebration of another successful season for the Capital City Crew youth hockey program and the promotion of the Hurricanes’ paper heart and magnet campaign that is currently taking place at Carolina Ale House locations throughout the state.

Ryan Kieras
The evening began with the Capital City Crew’s end-of-year banquet. The Capital City Crew is part of the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative and provides an opportunity for inner-city youth ages 8-14 to play ice hockey through partnerships with the Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs, Raleigh Youth Hockey Association (RYHA) and the Carolina Hurricanes. The program dedicates itself to enable all young people to reach their full potential on the ice and in the community.

This year’s banquet was held to celebrate the growth and accomplishments of the thirty-seven young men and women who were a part of the Capital City Crew this past season.  Also in attendance were the coaches, volunteers and family members that made the season and the program as a whole possible.

Each player had a chance to meet Justin, who made his way around the room taking pictures and signing autographs. The kids were clearly excited to have Justin there and were surprisingly not shy when it came to asking questions and sharing their thoughts on hockey and the Hurricanes. A group of players even went ahead and assured Justin that, in their opinion, he’s “better than Skinner.”

During the banquet, John Scott – the director of the program and a key reason behind its remarkable impact since its inception in 2009 – called each player to the front of the room where Justin presented them with a trophy for their hard work and commitment. A few of the players also received an additional award for their displays of leadership and dedication during their time with the team.

Following the trophy presentation, a handful of players took turns sharing their experiences with the Capital City Crew and discussing what the program has meant to them. Although the kids were slightly more reserved while sharing this info than they were when talking to Justin, it wasn’t hard for an outside observer to see how much they have enjoyed their time with the team and how eagerly they anticipate the start of the next season.

Overall, the banquet was a great way to honor the effort that each of the players put into this past season and recognize how far they’ve come both on and off the ice since their first practice back in October. It was a fun night for the kids, and a memorable experience for everyone involved.

For more information on the Capital City Crew, please click here to visit their website.



Community: Record-Setting Numbers for Paper Hearts and Magnets Campaign
Monday, 02.20.2012 / 3:00 p.m.
By Elizabeth Biggerstaff

The 5th Annual Carolina Ale House Paper Hearts and Magnets campaign kicked off on Monday, Feb. 6 with an astounding 1,000 paper hearts sold. Over this past weekend, the campaign hit a record-setting $17,000 worth of hearts and paper magnets sold.

Elizabeth Biggerstaff
This incredible donation directly impacts the children in our area and help to further our goal to increase the amount of cash grants given to local youth organizations. I enjoy seeing that people in our community are donating to the Foundation and allowing our organization to give back even more.

Area Carolina Ale Houses sell paper hearts for a donation of $1 and Carolina Hurricanes magnets for a donation of $3 to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. So, whether you are out to eat for the night or catching some of a game at the Carolina Ale House, please make sure to be part of our campaign by making a donation!

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, rookie defenseman Justin Faulk stepped in to the Carolina Ale House in Cary to sell paper hearts and visit with the community.

I hope to see continuous support from everyone as the campaign lasts for nearly 10 more days, through the end of February.  Without all of the generous people in our community, the Kids ‘N Community Foundation would not exist.

For the latest on the Kids 'N Community Foundation, please visit their microsite. Also be sure to check out the Community video page for more content.



SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 43 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 48 10 19 -13 29
E. Lindholm 48 9 11 -12 20
R. Nash 48 7 13 -4 20
J. Tlusty 41 12 7 -12 19
J. Skinner 43 10 9 -8 19
N. Gerbe 44 5 13 -4 18
V. Rask 48 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 46 1 14 -6 15
J. McClement 48 1 9 -2 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 11 17 4 .914 2.37
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .914 2.41