An original member of the 1972 New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association (WHA), Skip Cunningham is in his 43rd year with the organization and is the most tenured employee with the team.
From 1972-1990, Cunningham put together an impressive streak, working 1,412 consecutive games before being sidelined following surgery in January 1990. In 1989, the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance presented him with the Good Guy Award for his unselfish dedication to Connecticut sports.
A graduate of Northeastern University, Cunningham was the assistant trainer for Team USA at the World Ice Hockey Championships in 1985 and 1989. He has been selected to work at four All-Star Games: the 1974 and 1976 WHA All-Star Games as well as the 1986 and 2011 NHL All-Star Games. He also directed his own hockey school during the offseason for 22 years in South Windsor.
Skip lives in Raleigh. He has two daughters, Sandy and Sherri, and a son, Scott, as well as four grandchildren: Jayden, Brayden, Savannah and Ryan.
Bob Gorman is in his 29th year with the franchise as an equipment manager. Gorman first joined the organization’s equipment staff in 1976 and worked with the team until the 1981-82 season, when he left the team to pursue other career interests. In his time away from the team, Gorman spent one year with Enterprise Radio and 11 years as a sales representative for the Spear-Newman Company. He returned to the club in 1993 and has served in his current capacity since then. During his tenure with the Hurricanes, Gorman has been part of three division championship teams (1999, 2002, 2006), two conference championship teams (2002, 2006) and one Stanley Cup Championship team (2006). He worked his 1,500th regular season game in professional hockey on March 4, 2010. Gorman has also been selected to work two NHL All-Star Games: 2004 in Minnesota and 2011 in Raleigh. He is a member of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers.
In 2002, Gorman, who has been responsible for several successful charitable events in the area benefiting families in need, was recognized by the City of Raleigh’s City Council and Mayor Charles Meeker for Outstanding Community Service. Gorman attended Central Connecticut State University and completed his B.S. in Business from Charter Oak State College, and earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy.
Bob and his wife, Carla, reside in Raleigh.
Jorge Alves is in his fourth season as a full-time equipment manager for the Carolina Hurricanes, after serving as assistant equipment manager for seven years. The Stoughton, MA, native attended North Carolina State University from 2002-04 after serving in the United States Marine Corps for four years from 1997-2001. While at NCSU, Alves was the starting goaltender for the Wolfpack’s club hockey team. After graduation, he served professional stints in the ECHL with South Carolina, Greenville, Charlotte and Pensacola, and in the SPHL with Asheville. Alves filled in as a practice goalie for the Hurricanes throughout his time as assistant equipment manager.
Jorge resides in Wendell with his wife, Amanda, and their two children: Madison and Jaxon.