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Community: Canes Care Summer Recap

Monday, 08.5.2013 / 1:30 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Kyle Arakelian
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Community: Canes Care Summer Recap
The Carolina Hurricanes staff battled the heat and traveled around the community this summer to volunteer and help local organizations through our Canes Care program.

Kyle Arakelian

This initiative is designed to recognize the hard work of local non-profit organizations and to give back to the community. Canes Care is volunteer based and is a team effort with different Carolina Hurricanes employees volunteering at each event. Canes employees traveled to the following seven sites in June and July: East Durham Children’s Initiative, YMCA of the Triangle, House of Hope of NC, Miracle League of the Triangle, Autism Society of NC, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and CORRAL Riding Academy.

The events were a success and here are a few highlights:

The mission of the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) is to create and deploy a comprehensive system of high-quality services for children and families living within a 120-block area of East Durham, North Carolina. This summer EDCI created a “Hunger Free Summer” food program to ensure kids have food to eat while school is out. It began in May and will continue until school begins in August. EDCI serves one hot meal a day during lunch, and the children get a take-home breakfast for the next morning designed to hold them over until the Initiative re-opens the following day. Hurricanes employees volunteered for a day to help paint signs and pass out food and drinks and were happily joined by Stormy to shake hands and entertain the kids.

Barker French. the chairman of EDCI, was in attendance during the Hurricanes visit and had the following to say: “Its just great to have you guys here helping out… It’s very important for the kids to see you (Canes) in the community.”

A long-time partner of the Carolina Hurricanes is the YMCA of the Triangle. The YMCA recently received a GOAL Grant of $150,000 ($50,000 a year for three years). The grant comes from the Kids ‘N Community Foundation to assist the on-going work of non-profit organizations that support health and education programs for underserved children.

I volunteered with Canes Care at one of the YMCA of the Triangle’s Camp High Hopes location. Camp High Hopes is a day camp for children from downtown and southeast Raleigh neighborhoods, and it offers character development activities, literacy instruction, sports, swim lessons and two meals a day. The camp is available to families at a discounted rate made possible through the “We Build People” campaign.

At Camp High Hopes, Hurricanes staff helped kids make finger paintings, outlined and colored life size drawings, read books and watched Stormy play street hockey. I learned a lot from the children that day and gained a new appreciation for how sincere, caring, interested and intelligent they are. Some of the children are only five or six years old and are already bilingual, speaking and reading both English and Spanish. I was also impressed at their listening skills and manners. The most satisfying part of the experience was to know we made a difference in their lives, for at least the day, by putting in time and effort to show we care.

“It shows we’re part of the community, and I think that’s important for the community and especially for the kids to see,” said Rob Douglas, the director of production for PNC Arena.

Click here to see a CanesVision recap of all of the summer Canes Care events.

It has been an exciting summer helping our community partners, and we can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces when hockey season starts!



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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

STATS

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