Good evening from Hurricanes’ country! Here are some happenings going on in the world of hockey this week.
- Yesterday the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame recognized the 2006 Hurricanes Stanley Cup-winning championship team as part of their “Great Moments” honorees. Although we have more than one type of professional sports teams here, the Hurricanes are the first to bring a professional title to the Old North State. Jason Karmanos, Glen Wesley, Eric Staal, Chad LaRose and Jeff Daniels were on hand to receive the honors. According to their website the hall “celebrates excellence and extraordinary achievement in athletics. The Hall of Fame also commemorates and memorializes exceptional accomplishments in sports for the inspiration and enjoyment of all North Carolinians, especially the youth, through popular exhibits and educational displays.” This North Carolinian certainly counts the 2006 Cup win as enjoyable and inspirational! I am looking forward to more hockey moments and figures being honored in the future. Check out the official Hurricanes site for a great write-up about the honor. The NC Sports Hall of fame website article is here. Make sure to click on the team picture for a great, super-sized view!
- In today’s IIHF Men’s World Championship news, Team USA beat the Belarusian team 5-3. After being scored on twice in the first period, Belarus pulled goalie Andrei Mezin and replaced him with Vitali Koval. Jimmy Howard was minding the other end for the Americans, but the defense wasn’t offering much assistance and Belarus was able to tie the game. Thankfully the US was able to get 3 more goals on the board to pick up a win. Potting goals for Team USA were Justin Abdelkader, Cam Atkinson, Nate Thompson, Jack Johnson, Bobby Ryan and Paul Stastny with the Hurricanes’ own Patrick Dwyer picking up a helper on the Thompson goal. I would love to see Bobby Ryan in a Hurricanes sweater. The United States of Hockey has a recap for you here including a link to the game sheet.
- Tomorrow the Americans face Kazakhstan at 9:15 EST and NBC Sports is carrying the game. Check your local listings! Also in action are Jussi Jokinen and Team Suomi against Cam Ward and Jeff Skinner for Team Canada. Nothing is sicker than watching “the Juice” score a goal, but if it’s against Ward, I don’t know if I can take it! I guess this is another game where we say “Go everybody!”
- The Stanley Cup Playoffs are not back in action tomorrow, but there is still action going on in the race for the Calder Cup in the AHL. I caught part of the matchup between the San Antonio Rampage and the Oklahoma City Barons in the Western Conference Semifinals tonight on XM radio. Here is the schedule of the pairings. The Connecticut Whale and Norfolk Admirals get the nod tomorrow on the station (XM 92/Sirius 207)
No go out and find yourself some hockey to watch, listen to or read about! Until next time Caniacs…
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