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Hurricanes Mourn the Loss of Doris Barksdale

Longtime motivational consultant and community relations employee passed away Wednesday

Thursday, 04.4.2013 / 10:30 AM ET / News
By Terrell Williams
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Hurricanes Mourn the Loss of Doris Barksdale
RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today mourn the loss of longtime employee Doris Barksdale, who passed away on Wednesday in Raleigh. She was 77 years old.

“This is extremely tough day for our team, and for me personally,” said President and General Manager Jim Rutherford. “Doris was a very special and inspirational figure in our organization, someone whose eternal optimism and positive way of thinking helped so many people with the Hurricanes and throughout the Triangle community. She was a very dear friend and mentor to many of our employees, including me, and her presence and influence will be greatly missed.”

Barksdale joined the organization as a motivational consultant in 1994, and took on additional responsibilities with the community relations department when the team relocated to North Carolina in 1997. As motivational consultant, Barksdale was available to all team staff members and players on an individual basis to listen and counsel in the areas of career and family. With the community relations department, Barksdale helped to facilitate the identification of community organizations that would benefit from a relationship with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. She founded the Hurricanes’ popular and successful “Pick Up a Book and Read” program, which gives third, fourth and fifth grade students incentives to read. In 2011-12, students read a combined total of more than 4.4 million pages through the program. Barksdale also served on the Kids ‘N Community Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2002.

Originally from Douglas, GA, Barksdale was heavily involved in the Detroit community prior to moving to Raleigh, serving for 10 years as a community and school liaison for the Detroit Board of Education in Region 2. A graduate of Wayne State University, she also worked as a program director for Western YMCA Detroit for seven years, and spent two years as a program director for United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit. Barksdale was employed by radio station WGBH for 14 years, where her program “Personally Yours” was heard daily, and she authored the copyrighted training program “Circles.”

Barksdale is survived by two sons, Andre and Robert. Robert Douglas works as Director of Production for PNC Arena.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60