These aren’t the only home games that you should look forward to. Just the top five or so. There are so many other great nights. Ideally you will be at PNC arena 41 times between Oct 2nd and April 4th. But if you are hovering between 6 and 41 games to go to here are some more nights that can help you make your choices.
Youth Hockey Night, October 6th vs Tampa Bay Lightning
This is the second home game of the season and it comes on the tail end of a back to back away and home. The Carolina Hurricanes will be coming back from a tilt in DC before facing the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Highlight of the game will be the youth of NC showing they have what it takes to play hockey professionally. Which is perfect considering what the youth of the Hurricanes did to Tampa last week.
Veterans Day Appreciation, Nov 11th vs Ottawa Senators
This is one of my favorite nights of the season. Say what you will politically, but the men and women who served our nation deserve appreciation. Usually this game comes with the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus as well as a full display of respect given to the veterans of the conflicts of our nation.
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Hockey Fights Cancer Night, Nov 23rd vs Florida Panthers
Another third jersey night. But that wont be the only jerseys to grace the ice that night. Hockey Fights Cancer night also holds a dear spot in my heart. Cancer has effected many in my life and continues to effect many fans and their friends and family.
The Carolina Hurricanes will help in raising funds for local children’s hospitals, cancer research institutions and cancer awareness and support groups while rocking special pink jerseys during pregame warm ups. Wouldn’t hurt to see Officer Bobrovsky in a new jersey either.
Star Wars Night, Dec 7th vs Minnesota Wild
Play the imperial march before any other Christmas tunes because the world of Star Wars will be invading PNC this night. Expect a new T-shirt and a night full of colorful characters and music from the space fantasy that continues to capture the world. All right in time before the drop of the last movie in the “skywalker” saga.
Military Appreciation Night, Jan 19th vs New York Islanders
Not to be confused with Veterans Appreciation, this is about appreciating all those who are currently serving in the military. Expect a bigger military show than veterans night with possible combat vehicles invading the grounds around PNC and special operations forces diving from the rafters. Its also another third Jersey night against the Islanders, who may never see the red at PNC ever again.
Mental Health Awareness Night, Jan 31st Vs Vegas Golden Knights
Okay, serious talk, this night is huge. Mental Health is huge. Its not talked about enough and so many people don’t get the help they need. This night is all about killing the stigmas around mental health and helping those who need the help get around them. Another Third Jersey night but that is no where near as important as the conversations that this night is supposed to enforce.
So many great games and theme nights to consider. The Carolina Hurricanes have yet to release their Homegrown schedule yet, and as anyone who loves to collect the posters will tell you, those are not ones you want to miss. Perhaps a few of those nights will fall into the games I’ve already mentioned? Time will tell.
Question for CC Readers: Which games are you most excited to go see this year?