The Carolina Hurricanes announced Tuesday afternoon that Chad LaRose has rejoined the organization on a one-year deal contract with the Charlotte Checkers.
LaRose did not play in the 2013-14 season after playing eight years as a fan favorite for the Hurricanes. In speaking with CarolinaHurricanes.com, Checkers coach Jeff Daniels said LaRose will be a mentor for the up-and-coming players in Charlotte: “He’ll be a top player. He’s a guy that has scored at the NHL level. The way he can lead by example, the way he works, his personality, the way he prepares … now he can be an example to the young kids coming up.”
With fellow Checkers players fighting for full-time roster spots on the Hurricanes roster this season, LaRose will look to be a top player for Charlotte to prove that he can still contribute and get back to the NHL level.
In 508 NHL games (all with the Hurricanes), LaRose has 85 goals and 95 assists while tallying 286 penalty minutes. The former Plymouth Whaler also has 12 points in 39 playoff games.