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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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
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 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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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