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NC Sports Hall of Fame to Honor 2006 Hurricanes

Stanley Cup championship will be recognized as part of the “Great Moments” series

Thursday, 04.5.2012 / 10:16 AM ET / News
By Terrell Williams
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NC Sports Hall of Fame to Honor 2006 Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC – Don Fish, Executive Director of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, today announced that the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup championship will be recognized as part of the Hall of Fame’s “Great Moments” series, during a reception at the North Carolina Museum of History on May 9.

The 2006 Stanley Cup champions, along with Jim Beatty’s sub-four-minute mile, will become the second and third entries into the Hall’s “Great Moments” series, a permanent part of the Hall of Fame’s exhibit in the North Carolina Museum of History. The University of North Carolina’s 1957 undefeated basketball season became the first moment honored last year.

“It was no easy choice,” said Dr. Jane Brown, President of the Hall of Fame. “There have been so many outstanding sports accomplishments by North Carolina athletes and teams over the years that narrowing the field to only a few can be a daunting task. We are thrilled that these two moments for the ages will be joining last year’s choice, the 1957 Carolina basketball team that won the national championship, on our permanent list of ‘Great Moments’ as we celebrate the remarkable sports heritage of this state.”

Prior to the 2005-06 NHL season, the Carolina Hurricanes were picked by many hockey pundits to finish near the bottom of the NHL’s standings. But with a veteran core led by Captain Rod Brind’Amour, and a group of emerging young stars including Eric Staal, the team defied expectations to finish the regular season ranked second in the Eastern Conference.

In the Stanley Cup playoffs, the team battled back from a two-games-to-none deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, before topping the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres to advance to the Stanley Cup Final against Edmonton. The Hurricanes opened up a three-games-to-one lead on the Oilers, only to see Edmonton take Games 5 and 6 to force the deciding Game 7 in Raleigh. On June 19, 2006, nearly 19,000 fans stood from before the opening face-off until the well after the final buzzer as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in Game 7 to capture the Stanley Cup championship. Rookie goaltender Cam Ward, who began the playoffs as the Hurricanes’ backup, made 22 saves in the clinching victory, securing the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup playoffs’ most valuable player. When Brind’Amour lifted the Stanley Cup above his head following the game, it signified the first major professional championship in North Carolina sports history.

The Hall of Fame reception on May 9 is open to the public, with tickets available for $40. Please contact the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame to order tickets via e-mail at dfish@ncsportshalloffame.org or by phone at 919-845-3455.

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  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

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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