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Skip Cunningham

Skip CunninghamAn original member of the 1972 New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association (WHA), Skip Cunningham is in his 42nd 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 off season for 22 years in South Windsor. Skip lives in Raleigh. He has two daughters, Sandy and Sherri, and a son, Scott. Skip has four grandchildren: Jayden, Brayden, Savannah and Ryan.



Bob Gorman

Bob GormanBob Gorman is in his 28th 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 eleven years as a sales representative for the Spear-Newman Company. He returned to the club in 1993 and has served is 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

Jorge Alves is in his third season as a full-time equipment manager for the Carolina Hurricanes, after serving as assistant equipment manager for the 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 as 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 (6) and Jaxon (3).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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