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Guy Behind the Guy: 'E'

Thursday, 04.4.2013 / 1:00 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Mike Sundheim
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Guy Behind the Guy: \'E\'


As a fan, we live and die with our favorite teams. When the team is on a winning streak, we’re on top of the world. When the team is struggling, we struggle.

Mike Sundheim
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But when you work for a sports team, those ups and downs are multiplied ten fold. Beyond the emotional effects, when it comes right down to it, your financial well-being is tied to those wins and losses. I bet you can go to the front office of any sports team on the day after a game, walk down the hall, and know within minutes whether the team won or lost the previous night, without speaking or hearing a word.

For those of us here at PNC Arena, there was always one person who rose above the doldrums, no matter how low the lows got. A few well-chosen words from her radio-friendly voice, and we could almost instantly see the sun beyond the clouds. That person was Doris E. Barksdale, who passed away last night at the age of 77.

Doris joined the organization in 1994, and moved to Raleigh in 1997. Outside of the PNC Arena’s walls, she made a major impact in the Triangle community, helping to identify charities and organizations that the Hurricanes could become involved with. She founded the remarkably successful “Pick Up a Book and Read” program, through which third, fourth and fifth grade students in North Carolina read more than 4.4 million pages last year.

But inside these walls, her presence lifted us. It’s strangely appropriate that we lost her yesterday, in the midst of the team’s struggles, with most of the team and arena’s employees finding out that we lost her on a chilly and gray April morning in Raleigh. This is exactly the kind of day when she would keep her head high and pop into our individual offices with an encouraging smile. She would look right in our eyes, say the exact right thing and then move on to do the same for someone else. When things were going well, I always enjoyed shouting “E!” as she passed in the hall, carrying on the middle-initial nickname my predecessor, Jerry Peters, used to yell out.

It’s possible nobody here was closer to Doris than Jim Rutherford. Upon hearing of her passing, nearly everyone seemed to mention Jim’s name soon thereafter, knowing the valuable role she played in his life. Given the closeness of their relationship, nobody would have faulted Jim for staying home today. But he’s here, busy and walking up and down the halls. As she would want him to be.

Doris had tons of sayings, words of wisdom for seemingly every situation. One you can find on the top of the website for “Circles,” a positive-thinking training program she created: “Who we are is the sum total of our life experiences. The decisions we make daily sum up what we become.”

Doris decided that every day was worth living in a positive manner, no matter what challenges we may face. And so, even though “E” is no longer with us, on a day as cloudy as this one, all of us who knew her understand how to see the sun shining through the storm.



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  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
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81