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Tweetmail No. 19: Three Stars, Clinics & Perks

Wednesday, 06.11.2014 / 10:00 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
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Tweetmail No. 19: Three Stars, Clinics & Perks
Answering your Twitter questions about the three stars of the games, coaching clinics and more!
Michael Smith
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Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on CarolinaHurricanes.com in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully, the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.

Let’s get to it.

How is a player told he is a star of the game? Why are the Canes’ broadcast stars of the game sometimes different from what’s announced in-house? – Carolyn G. (@goCanes_score)

The Guy Behind the Guy, also known as Canes Senior Director of Communications Mike Sundheim, alerts a player of his star status at home games. On the road, the team typically isn’t concerned with who may or may not be a star, just as fans at PNC Arena rarely, if ever, see a visiting player acknowledge that he has been named a star of the game.

The three stars of the game, as announced in-arena and published by the NHL, are chosen in each building by a third party, typically a designated media member or outlet. This season, 99.9 FM The Fan, the Canes’ flagship radio station, was responsible for naming the three stars of the game at PNC Arena. The three star selections, as well as the person or outlet who named them, can be found on the bottom right of each game summary sheet produced by the NHL.

Additionally, three star selections are made in the FOX Sports Carolinas booth and Chuck Kaiton’s radio booth, so if you’re watching a Canes broadcast on television or listening on the radio, the selections may vary.

Have the Canes ever thought about a coaching clinic for up-and-coming youth coaches? – Landon P. (@Itss_Twig)

The Canes have more than thought about it – they’ve hosted one, and they’re slated to host another in just over a month.

As a part of Summerfest last season, which featured a revamped player development camp, the Canes hosted hockey clinics, including a coaches’ clinic for coaches of all levels of experience.

With Summerfest entering its second year, the coaches’ clinic returns as well and will take place July 25-26. The two-day clinic is for coaches of all ages and abilities looking to improve his or her coaching knowledge and teaching skills and features meals and off-ice instructional sessions.

A nifty (unplanned) feature of this year’s clinic is that it will feature one of the first chances to interact with the Canes’ new coaching staff.

More information on this camp, which costs just $125, and a link to register is available here!

Speaking of coaches …

Any word on the coaching search? – Dave S. (@ExtraGravy20)

Here’s the latest official word on where the team is in the coaching search from Hurricanes Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis: “We’re smack dab in the middle of it.”

Francis added that they’ve interviewed a number of candidates and still plan to interview a few more before making a final decision.

“The process is moving along, and we’re working hard trying to find the right guy,” he said.

As I’ve noted before, there isn’t a rush to name a head coach. While Francis said he’d like to have a coach in place by the Draft, that is in no way a hard deadline; if we were to put one in place, mid-July sounds about right, as prospects development camp – the first major responsibility for the new coaching staff – runs July 21-26.

The team will name its head coach when the time is right and when Francis finds his ideal candidate, whether that’s next week, the week of the draft or beyond.

What are some less-obvious “perks” to working a sports arena? A concessions-based cafeteria? John Forslund’s brownies? – Tom E. (@MrWorkrate)

Good question.

Earlier this week, I took my laptop away from my desk to work from my “satellite office,” also commonly referred to as press row. It’s a very serene environment in an empty, 18,000-plus-seat arena bowl, especially when there’s no ice to drop the temperature a number of degrees.

With concerts that make their way through PNC Arena, sound checks can provide an interesting ambiance. In our offices, which sit between the first floor and arena level, it’s usually all bass.

We do actually have something similar to a concessions-based cafeteria, and that’s the Natty Greene’s Pub Deck, which serves a limited menu and daily specials to employees (and when there are events or practices, the public as well) during the week.

As far as John Forslund’s brownies go, is that a thing? And if it is, can I have the recipe?

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Join me next week for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you’d like answered or you’d like to discuss this or that, you can reach out to me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes.



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