NCSU vs. UNC at PNC Arena on Monday night: The NC State Icepack side

NCSU vs. UNC at PNC Arena on Monday night: The NC State Icepack side

Tonight at PNC Arena, local hockey takes the center stage when Carolina Hockey and the NC State Icepack face-off. The game starts at 7pm with free parking and a (recommended) $5 donation at the door. The atmosphere was electric for this game/event last year and comes highly recommended for Monday night hockey entertainment.   This preview is the NC State side. Please also check out the Carolina Hockey side HERE.   About the interviewee Ethan Barry (Twitter=@ejoebarry) is a junior at NC State and major in communications with a concentration in media. He is the play-by-play voice of NC State hockey for PackTV which covers all home games and streams them live on YouTube and/or broadcasts them on the radio on WKNC 88.1 FM. The 2017-18 season represents Ethan’s third year covering the hockey team for PackTV first as a director for two years and now calling the games in 2017-18.   Check in on NC State Hockey heading into Monday’s match up with UNC-Chapel Hill   Canes and Coffee: How has NC State Hockey fared thus far in their 2017-18 season? Ethan Barry: The Pack comes into Monday’s game at 8-4 and 7-3 in the ACCHL. However, the way the ACCHL works, only divisional games (and games in the Stephen Russell Memorial Tournament) count towards making the ACCHL tournament. State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke and Charlotte are in the same division and play each other twice. The Pack went 2-1 in the Stephen Russell Tournament and have beaten both Duke and Charlotte so far this year. In a nutshell, State has won 4 of the 5 games that help...
Calling It Now: 10 Premonitions for the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes Season by Cory Fogg

Calling It Now: 10 Premonitions for the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes Season by Cory Fogg

Matt’s quick introduction: This week we will introduce the 2017-18 writing team at Canes and Coffee with a short series of articles that takes a look into the crystal ball and/or previews the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes season. Up first is Cory Fogg who I am thrilled to have back for a second season at Canes and Coffee. Cory’s writing will run the gamut, but his specialty is writing feature articles that go in depth on a particular topic. Welcome back Cory!   As we count down to opening night, we all have our thoughts on what’s going to happen. Really the only givens over the past nine years have been that ‘we won’t make the playoffs’ and the opener is better known as “The Game with the Most Hurricanes Fans in Attendance All Season’. Many Caniacs, myself included, believe that this season is the first year in that span with a real chance of getting out of Rebuilding Mode and into Playoff Mode. My roommate and I, both half season-ticket holders, always enjoy going through the season playing Nostradamus over what’s going to happen next. The phrase “Calling it now” is often heard in our domain, usually followed by some ridiculous premonition that we’re only saying so that we can have ‘In-House Hockey Genius’ bragging rights. Or just the sound of hot air expanding in our heads.  In any case, with the Hurricanes season now here, I thought it would be fun to channel my inner hockey clairvoyant for all of you. Because, obviously, the more people who know, the higher the ego boost if I’m right. So without...
Menu for ‘Back to School’ series on Carolina Hurricanes prospects

Menu for ‘Back to School’ series on Carolina Hurricanes prospects

For those who do not check in daily or who find this closer to the start of hockey season, here is a menu with clickable links (player names highlighted in red) for the ‘Back to School’ series of articles that provides ‘from the rink’ insight on the Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level. Links will be added as the articles are published.   Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL draft class 1st round – Martin Necas (HC Kometa Brno, Czech Extraliga — Czech Republic) 2nd round – Eetu Luostarinen (KalPa, Finnish Liiga — Finland) 2nd round – Luke Martin (University of Michigan, NCAA) 3rd round – Morgan Geekie (Tri-City Americans, WHL) 3rd round – Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL) 4th round – Eetu Makiniemi (Jokerit U20, Junior A – SM-liiga — Finland) 6th round – Brendan De Jong (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) 7th round – Ville Rasanen (Jokipojat, Mestis — Finland)   Carolina Hurricanes 2016 NHL Draft class 1st round – Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen, WHL) 1st round – Julien Gauthier (Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL) 2nd round – Janne Kuokkanen (London Knights, OHL) 3rd round – Matt Filipe (Northeastern University, NCAA) 3rd round – Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs, WHL) 3rd round – Jack LaFontaine (University of Michigan, NCAA) 4th round – Max Zimmer (University of Wisconsin, NCAA) 5th round – Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs, OHL) 6th round – Noah Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL)   Carolina Hurricanes 2015 NHL Draft class 1st round – Noah Hanifin – AT NHL LEVEL 2nd round – Sebastian Aho – AT NHL LEVEL 3rd round – Aleksi Saarela (Lukko, Finland=>AHL) – Acquired from...
My Puck: A Story of the Carolina Hurricanes New Identity

My Puck: A Story of the Carolina Hurricanes New Identity

Matt’s editorial note: With the buzz and optimism around Canes hockey this summer, Cory could not help but return from his summer break way early. There are no guarantees in professional sports (Canes fans know that too well lately), but I hope you share his optimism and energy. I do.   A storm is coming. Can you feel it? Disclaimer: Author is 100% allowed to use cheesy clichés in his ridiculous excitement for the coming of hockey season The Carolina Hurricanes have had one of the best offseasons in recent memory this summer. The problem is, the offseason means nothing and we all are just bouncing in our seats in anticipation of seeing if the 2017-18 Canes can deliver on the ice. But seeing as that’s two months off, let’s just keep distracting ourselves with the bright situation, shall we?   Yay, Our First Real Post-Cup Identity! Let’s embrace the fact that, for the first time in years, the Carolina Hurricanes have an identity. For years, it seemed like the team had none, or at the very least, was something like “They Whom Are Beholden to Family Staal.” (There are worse identities.)  The truth as we’ve all come to painfully know, is that we coasted on our Cup win for about 8 years. As names like Brind’Amour, Whitney, Cole, and Williams disappeared, so did the identity. For years it was just sitting there hoping Eric Staal and Cam Ward could turn it back to their Cup days and bring us a taste of the playoffs. Then for several more years, it was the painful process of rebuild, a gigantic...
Special Justin Williams Coffee Shop!

Special Justin Williams Coffee Shop!

Sometime tonight, I will write up my thoughts on the Justin Williams signing, the prospect camp scrimmage and whatever else turns up today. But in the meantime, let’s open up the Coffee Shop for everyone else’s comments, joyous celebrations and opinions.   Justin Williams polls   At a basic level, what do you think about the Carolina Hurricanes signing Justin Williams today? I'm ecstatic! Tremendous move. I'm lukewarm. He definitely improves the team, but there were better options available too. I'm 'meh or worse. He is a good player but not enough and not what the team needed. View Results  Loading ...   With the big addition (so far anyway) a right wing, who becomes the third center in the top 9 (counting Staal and Rask as a starting point)? Teuvo Teravainen rises up and returns to his natural slot. Sebastian Aho's potential move to his natural center position is accelerated. Elias gets another trial and this time sticks at center. Derek Ryan rises up. Francis makes one more BIG addition (i.e. Galchenyuk, Nugent-Hopkins, Duchene). Francis makes one more small addition to add a decent depth center. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Could Justin Williams be the next captain of the Carolina Hurricanes? Yes. Most definitely. Maybe. It is an interesting idea to be considered against other alternatives. No. Others have paid their dues and Williams should be an alternate captain at most. View Results  Loading ...   Discussion questions   1) What are your thoughts on the Justin Williams’ signing? 2) From the other deals that have been announced? Which Metro teams now scare...
‘What I’m watching’ for Hurricanes prospect camp – The old guys (2016 and prior draftees)

‘What I’m watching’ for Hurricanes prospect camp – The old guys (2016 and prior draftees)

In case you missed it, part 1 of 2 with ‘what I’m watching’ for the 2017 draftees is HERE. Part 2 will offer the same for the returning players. This set has a bit more meat and depth to it since they are players whose history and development we know more about and whom we have seen in Raleigh during prospect camp and/or training camp already. In addition, links are included for the players’ ‘Back to School’ articles from last fall to provide an idea of where they were this time last season, and links are also provided for the players’ ‘Midterms’ check ins toward the end of the 2016-17 season.   Defensemen Jack Bean (First round in 2016, Calgary Hitmen/WHL) Jake Bean ‘Back to School’ from September 19, 2016. Jake Bean ‘Midterms’ from January 30, 2017. Put bluntly, now another year older, I would like to see Jake Bean stand out at this prospect camp. Now a year older and with top of the team draft pedigree, he should be one of the best players in camp. And despite the fact that his game is the cerebral variety and not that of a physically dominant player, he should still be able to rise above the crowd this week.   Noah Carroll (Sixth round in 2016, Sault Ste. Marie/OHL) Noah Carroll ‘Back to School’ from September 16, 2016. Noah Carroll ‘Midterms’ from February 7, 2017. I was high on Noah Carroll after seeing him at the 2016 prospect camp. I thought he stood out in terms of his ability to play with the puck on his stick in his...