Brandon Stanley: Checking in

Brandon Stanley: Checking in

While Canes fans have been most busy enjoying the great start in Raleigh, the season is off to a great start for the Charlotte Checkers too. This article by Brandon Stanley covers the first weekend (Matt’s fault for the delay getting it posted) of Checkers hockey.   As we saw in training camp and the preseason, this Hurricanes roster is a lot deeper and more talented than we have seen in quite some time. With the strengthened farm system and highly regarded prospects graduating to the professional ranks, this year’s Charlotte Checkers were always going to be a talented, dangerous team. There were multiple players with strong performances that in recent years likely would have made the team, at least on a trial basis, that are starting the year in Charlotte. And boy, it’s been a nice start. I wanted to give a little background on some of the notable players and preview a few who will likely see the big club when injuries and ineffectiveness inevitably strike. So, this is just a quick recap of the first two games of the year, and some insights into some guys you’ve probably heard about plenty of times over the years (and some you may not be as familiar with) as a little refresher course.   Opening Weekend The Checkers open the season with three consecutive Friday-Saturday back-to-backs, and began the year in New York to face the affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres, the Rochester Americans. The Checkers would sweep their opening series, winning by scores of 6-2 and 4-2. It was an impressive start to the year on the road...
Introducing Brandon Stanley!  Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season preview

Introducing Brandon Stanley! Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season preview

Canes and Coffee is thrilled to add another writer to the team to start the 2018-19 season. Please welcome Brandon Stanley and give him a follow at Twitter=@bwstanley26.   Brandon Stanley introduction Welcome to another season of NHL hockey, folks! My name is Brandon Stanley, and some of you may have read an article or two of mine here at C&C. For the majority of you who don’t know me, I am a communication media student at NC State, where I also am on the hockey team (DII Club baby!). I was born and raised right here in Raleigh. I spent a good chunk of my childhood traveling all over North America in youth hockey and spent multiple years in the Jr. Hurricanes organization. So, essentially, I have lived and breathed this game since the age of about 6. Being a Canes fan the last few years hasn’t been the most enjoyable thing in the world. Not exactly a hot take, I know. Since the team’s birth there have been many more painful years than ones that ended with joy, or even moderate overachievement. We are almost trained to expect the worse at this point. I know we’re all tired of being one of the laughingstocks of the league and hearing the Canadian media and their fans troll about relocation and such. The only thing that is going to stop such things is winning.   2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes season preview So, will this be the year things change? At the very least, Dundon and Waddell did not just sit on their hands and hope the team would improve through...