Canes and Coffee two-year anniversary — THANK YOU + Early peek at year 3

Canes and Coffee two-year anniversary — THANK YOU + Early peek at year 3

Official launch day – July 29, 2015 July 29, 2017 marks the two-year anniversary of the founding of Canes and Coffee. For the nostalgic types, it is not overly interesting, but here is the launch article from July 29, 2015. More on the ice from the same day, check out my article recapping the Canes 2015 prospect camp. That article had Sebastian Aho ranked first among the forward prospects in the Saturday scrimmage and also raved about (and ranked second in the scrimmage) a mid-round pick who has since risen up the prospect depth chart and could be a dark horse for the 2017-18 opening day roster.   THANK YOU! I cannot express enough how thankful I am to everyone who has helped Canes and Coffee at any point over the past two plus years reaching back to the initial fundraiser in June of 2015. —Thank you to everyone who contributed to the launch of Canes and Coffee including Kickstarter contributors (See our Founders’ Page.) and also the numerous people who provided feedback and encouragement when the site was being built and launched. —Thank you to everyone who played a role in getting the site off the ground, especially Rob and Drago at Oak City Tech, Jamie Kellner for providing photos and Marty Smith from Curagami for sharing his insight and experience designing content sites and building online communities. —Thank you to everyone who generously chipped in a few dollars in the spring and early summer to help us remain up and running. –Finally, thank you to everyone in the Carolina Hurricanes hockey community who spends a small part of their...
Interview/check in with former Carolina Hurricanes anthem singer KK Fritsch

Interview/check in with former Carolina Hurricanes anthem singer KK Fritsch

If you have been away from Canes and Coffee, you can find a complete list of clickable links for the articles posted for this week’s reader/guest article week HERE.   With all due respect to the run of three great articles from Canes writers Bob Wage, Ben Pope and Corey Sznajder, the final guest article is probably my favorite of them all.   The uncanny ability for passionate fandom to create deep ties to things associated with it When one becomes a passionate fan of a sports team and remains so for an extended period of time, fandom has an uncanny knack for pulling a range of other things into the fan experience. Though I have not been there in 20 years, I can easily imagine being at Arnie’s Doghouse in Whiting, Indiana with my dad before hopping on the expressway up to Comiskey Park to see the Chicago White Sox play. I can close my eyes and hear Jack Brickhouse’s famous call, “That’s a fly ball…deep to left…way back…HEY! HEY!” or Harry Caray’s, “Holy Cow!” for the Chicago Cubs. And I can remember the anticipation building during a cold winter walk across campus at Indiana University with friends on the way to a top 20 match up at Assembly Hall. And now on the verge of 20 years as a Hurricanes fan, I like many others have a number of things deeply attached to my Canes hockey fandom. John Forslund and Chuck Kaiton (especially those who started early when only a little over half of the games were televised) are a deeply entrenched in the Hurricanes hockey experience....
A Pair of 3’s — By Craig Johnson

A Pair of 3’s — By Craig Johnson

Canes Art provided by Chris Clark.   Today Canes and Coffee’s reader and guest website takeover moves forward into its fourth and final day. If you are catching up, reader articles include: David Miller with a deep dive on the Canes salary cap through 2019-20; Randy Yale’s top five plays of the 2016-17 season; Brandon Stanley with his thoughts on the play of the Hurricanes prospects at camp in late June.   Guest writer articles include: Bob Wage from Canes Edge writing about the potential attendance benefits of an ownership change; Ben Pope sharing the incredible cool start to his writing career as Mark Jones at the age of 12; Corey Sznajder formerly from The Shutdown Line with a deep statistical dive on the Hurricanes’ blue line. An interview with former Hurricanes anthem singer KK Fritsch. Today’s reader article is courtesy of Craig Johnson and has two sets of three – one of players on the spot and another of rookies who could make the jump.   About the Author Craig Johnson (Twitter=@cwjohnson23) grew up in Virginia where he played dangerously thin ice pond hockey on a nearby pond those couple of times a year when it froze over. The Capitals were his team by geography, but they were pretty horrible and tough to follow. Fast forward to 2000 when Craig and his family moved from Wilmington to Raleigh. A good friend took him to a couple of Hurricanes games (his company had killer seats) and Craig was hooked. For the 17 years since, Craig has been an “on again/off again” season ticket holder. He attended every home game...
Stats-based analysis of the Hurricanes blue line — By Corey Sznajder

Stats-based analysis of the Hurricanes blue line — By Corey Sznajder

Canes Art provided by Chris Clark. Matt’s Introduction: If you are catching up and want to see the other articles for Canes and Coffee’s reader/guest week, you can find links in the other Wednesday article HERE. Wednesday’s guest article for reader/guest week at Canes and Coffee is another great one that lives at the cutting edge of today’s NHL and at the same time harkens back to Canes hockey coverage from years past. The author, Corey Sznajder, is busy working on an NHL microstats project to collect and publish a database of microstats for the 2016-17 season, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask if he would be interested in writing a guest post. Somewhat to my surprise, he agreed. Corey’s formal bio is below, but please also allow me to introduce him from my Hurricanes hockey fan viewpoint. Nowadays those of us who are passionate hockey fans see quite a bit of statistical information, analytics and visual representations for players. It has become common enough that it almost seems like this analysis has always been commonplace when in fact the reality is that the advent (or at least the surge) of fancy stats, analytics and similar in the public domain is really only about 4-6 years old. And back in the early pioneering days of this movement, Hurricanes fans were incredibly lucky to have a knowledgeable tour guide in Corey Sznajder. He started incorporating Corsi, other shot total and other analysis in his writing at his blog The Shutdown Line early on. I have always viewed Corey as the first leader and teacher on this front in...
‘The future is bright’ prospect camp player evaluations — By Brandon Stanley

‘The future is bright’ prospect camp player evaluations — By Brandon Stanley

Today Canes and Coffee’s reader and guest website takeover moves forward into day three. If you missed Monday and Tuesday, reader articles include David Miller with a deep dive on the Canes salary cap through 2019-20 and Randy Yale’s top five plays of the 2016-17 season. Guest writer articles include Bob Wage from Canes Edge writing about the potential attendance benefits of an ownership change and Ben Pope sharing the incredible cool start to his writing career as Mark Jones at the age of 12. Today’s reader article rewinds about one month and provides another viewpoint on individual players at the the Hurricanes’ prospect camp.   About the Author Brandon Stanley (Twitter=@brandon_stan63) is a Raleigh native dating back to 1994, which also happens to be his birth year. He is also Carolina Jr. Hurricanes alum and massive stats/prospects/all things Canes nerd. Hockey has been a huge part of his life since about 5 years old, and he really enjoys in-depth looks at whatever is available, such as the Hurricanes’ prospect camp.   Scouting day two of the Hurricanes’ prospect camp My pop was in town and we had an open afternoon, so we hit PNC Arena to have a look at day two of the Hurricanes’ prospect camp practice. This is a write-up I put together that day, and I hope it helps give a little insight from one (self-proclaimed knowledgeable) fan as to what is in store for the future of our Carolina Hurricanes. Count me as excited about the group of talent GMRF has put together. The size, skill, and competition at this year’s Carolina Hurricanes’ Prospect Development...
The Story of Mark Jones — By Ben Pope

The Story of Mark Jones — By Ben Pope

If you missed it earlier today, check out Randy Yale’s reader article that lists his top 5 plays of the 2016-17 season and the optimism each provides for 2017-18   About the Author Ben Pope (Twitter=@CanesReport) is a former Hurricanes columnist and beat reporter for the News & Observer, Today’s Slapshot and Bleacher Report. He is now a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and the summer editor-in-chief of The Daily Northwestern student newspaper.   The story of Mark Jones One of the best compliments I’ve ever received came while standing at a urinal in the United Center in Chicago. It was January 6th, 2017, moments after the Blackhawks had defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in a game that, as the Chicago postgame radio commentators openly acknowledged to the crowds as they ventured into the 10-degree night, the Hurricanes deserved to win. A drunken man peeing next to me noticed my extremely out-of-place Carolina jersey and asked why I had left the warm weather. I said I went to Northwestern. He replied, slurring, “Oh, so you’re one of those smart motherf**kers.” I, admittedly, left out one key detail — urinal talk and details, after all, don’t often mix. I left out that the only reason I was at smart, motherf**king Northwestern was because of the team he had just watched his Blackhawks beat. (I also left out that the only reason I did not buy the fifth-row seat I sat in, but rather maneuvered there through careful Stubhub monitoring, evasion of ushers and ignoring a very urgent need to visit a urinal, was because of the exponential, motherf**king Northwestern tuition,...