If only the speedy Canes former right winger Sami Kapanen was sent out of Raleigh on a positive note, when he joined the Flyers in the latter portion of the 2002-03 season. Following up on Carolina’s 2002 Stanley Cup Finals appearance did not work out so well.
Possibly the most memorable part of Kapanen’s two All-Star selections was his outing in the 2000 and 2002 Skills Competition. Kapanen rounded off with the best time in the Fastest Skater Competition in both Skills Competitions.
Only a handful of players have won multiple Fastest Skater Titles including Edmonton Oilers young superstar Connor McDavid, former Russian star Sergei Fedorov, and the talented former Capitals forward Peter Bondra. That’s a skilled list that Kapanen is included on.
Kapanen’s only two career All-Star appearances came with the Canes. His best years came between 1997 and 2002. In each of those five seasons, Kapanen never tallied less than 20 goals and 48 points. He’d be included on any list of the most entertaining Canes to watch of all-time too.