Charity events to house parties love to use the Christmas in July theme, and Caniacs are itching for a hockey game like a five year grasping for gifts under the tree. Therefore, I’m channeling my inner Santa and bestowing you with presents. Since hockey is the most glorious time of the year, below are jolly clips from the top ten moments (in my opinion) from the 2010-11 Hurricanes season.
10. January 1, 2011: Zac Dalpe’s First NHL Goal
Caniac Nation hosting the All-Star Game was an absolute highlight in the 2010-11 season. Eric Staal, Jamie McBain, Cam Ward, and Jeff Skinner represented the Canes. The goalie race between Tim Thomas and Cam Ward was definitely entertaining. It was a thrill to have these talented netminders pinned against each other, but Ward wining the competition was a special treat for Canes fans.
8. June 22, 2011: Jeff Skinner Wins the Calder Memorial Trophy
This day was a proud moment for the Carolina Hurricanes organization and fans. Our very own rookie, Jeff Skinner was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy. He accepted the honor with his usual dazzling dimples, maturity, and grateful attitude. I was lucky enough to hear his interview with the media in personal and beamed like a proud momma bear.
7. March 29, 2011: Washington Capitals
Looking beyond the regular season was game-to-game for the Canes. This particular game looked as though it would kill those playoff dreams. Enter Jeff Skinner. The Canes were down by one entering the final period. Skinner not only tied the contest in the third, but contributed a goal in the shootout. Tuomo Ruutu sealed the victory with his shot past Semyon Varlamov. Simply the best.
6. March 18, 2011: OT Victory over Islanders
An extended slapshot by Joni Pitkanen claims a W against New York in overtime. Of course I have to mention the sweet assist from Skinny. Man, does that boy know how to handle his stick.
The RBC Center has seen its share of magic, but ‘twas the night of February 22nd that brought chills to the hockey barn. It was an emotional night with the retirement of #17 and Cam Ward finished the night with the save of the season. I can still remember my jaw dropping in disbelief at his quick mitt.
4. March 30, 2011: Montreal Canadiens
The pressure was on as the Canes continued to strive for a chance in the playoffs. Against a worthy adversary in the Habs, Ruutu shattered glass, Skinner and McBain each pulled a deuce, and Carolina won 6-2. Pitkanen and Stillman contributed the other two goals. The energy at the RBC Center could have lit a small town for days.
3. & 2. The Big 3-0
Our stellar captain and star rookie each surpassed 30 goals in the 2010-11 season. Eric Staal snagged his on March 25th and Skinny claimed his moment on April 6th with a snazzy little wraparound.
1. March 18, 2011: Hurricanes Family Hat Trick
It was the first time since Decemeber 28, 2010 each the Hurricanes, Chaeckers, and Everblades claimed victory on the same night. Ironically, they all won with the same 3-2 scorecard. You can recap that special night here. Why did I choose this night as #1 over so moany over great moments? Caniacs are devoted southern hockey ambassadors. This night reminds us hockey is alive and well in the south and we should continue to support our talented family.
Topics: Cam Ward, Canes, Caniacs, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Checkers, Christmas In July, Eric Staal, Jamie McBain, Jeff Skinner, Joni Pitkanen, RBC Center, Rod Brind'Amour, Tim Thomas, Tuomo Ruutu