Help fellow Caniacs end childhood cancer — Support the Carolina Hurricanes St. Baldrick’s event

Help fellow Caniacs end childhood cancer — Support the Carolina Hurricanes St. Baldrick’s event

Canes hockey as a good local citizen Sometimes underestimated is the volume of good things that the Carolina Hurricanes organization does in our local community. The full-time fundraising efforts of the Kids ‘N Community foundation donated $560,000 to 29 children’s charities during the 2016-17 season. The team participates in league-wide initiatives including Hockey Fights Cancer in the fall and You Can Play in February which aims to make NHL hockey inclusive for everyone. And in addition to in-game fundraisers, the team also does a number of other events including the 5K, the golf tourney, skate with the Canes, the 24-hour bike-a-thon and the annual casino night (being replaced by the Hurricanes Bash this year) to name a few. A few of the players themselves have programs both at PNC Arena (renting luxury boxes for a different charity group each game) and away from the game in addition to players’ involvement in community service multiple times per season. The team and the broader Carolina Hurricanes organization deserve a ton of credit for being a good local citizen and supporting many good causes during the course of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey season.   St. Baldrick’s Foundation All of these endeavors have merit and it is tremendous that the organization is able to support so many charities, but one of my personal favorites has always been the annual tradition of the team hosting St. Baldrick’s participants at Canes games during the latter part of the season. For those who are not familiar with St. Baldrick’s, the organization is a non-profit that supports research with the goal to “Conquer Childhood Cancers.” You can learn...
Menu for “MIDTERMS” series — Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level

Menu for “MIDTERMS” series — Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level

Below is a clickable menu for the “Midterms” articles checking in on the Carolina Hurricanes’ prospects below the AHL level. Players highlighted in red are posted updates with clickable links.   NCAA David Cotton — 2015 Round #6 — Forward — Boston College Matt Filipe — 2016 Round #3 — Forward — Northeastern University Jack LaFontaine — 2016 Round #4 — Goalie — University of Michigan Luke Martin — 2017 Round #2 — Defenseman –University of Michigan Luke Stevens — 2015 Round #6 — Forward — Yale University Max Zimmer — 2016 Round #4 — Forward — University of Wisconsin   Europe Martin Necas — 2017 Round #1 — Forward — HC Kometa Brno/Czech League Eetu Luostarinen — 2017 Round #2 — Forward — KalPa/Finnish Elite League Eetu Makiniemi — 2017 Round # 4 — Goalie — Jokerit U20/Finland Ville Rasanen — 2017 — Round #7 –Defenseman — RoKi/Mestis-Finland   Ontario Hockey League Noah Carroll — 2016 — Round #6 — Defenseman — Sault Ste. Marie Jeremy Helvig –2016 — Round #5 — Goalie — Kingston   Western Hockey League Jake Bean — 2016 — Round #1 — Defenseman — Tri-City Brendan De Jong — 2017 — Round #6 –Defenseman — Portland Hudson Elynuik — 2016 — Round #3 — Forward — Spokane Morgan Geekie — 2017 — Round #3 — Forward — Tri-City Stelio Mattheos — 2017 — Round #3 — Forward — Brandon  ...
2018 MIDTERMS: Matt Filipe (Northeastern University, NCAA)

2018 MIDTERMS: Matt Filipe (Northeastern University, NCAA)

Today, Canes and Coffee’s “Midterms” series continues the check ins on the Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level. Following Jack LaFontaine at the University of Michigan, David Cotton at Boston College and Luke Stevens at Yale University, today’s edition stays in the college ranks and provides an update on Matt Filipe who is playing at Northeastern University.   Matt Filipe Matt Filipe was selected by the Hurricanes in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft. Filipe fits within a familiar draft theme as a forward with good size and speed and skating ability that also projects to be NHL-capable. Filipe fits the mold of a strong-skating forward with NHL size. He is currently playing in his sophomore season at Northeastern University.   Interview with Joshua Kummins from the New England Hockey Journal About the interviewee Joshua Kummins (Twitter=JoshuaKummins) covers both the Boston Bruins and Hockey East for New England Hockey Journal. The magazine features content on all levels of the game. College hockey is a big part of sports culture in New England, and Joshua notes that he has been watching the sport for as long as he can remember. Joshua has also written for SB Nation College Hockey. When not at the rink, Joshua covers all levels of baseball in the region for sister publication, New England Baseball Journal.   Interview on Matt Filipe Canes and Coffee: Now in his sophomore season at Northeastern University what has been Matt Filipe’s role and how has he played thus far during the 2017-18 season? Joshua Kummins: Filipe has been a bit quieter during his second season at Northeastern...
“That’s hockey baby!” and other John Forslund-isms

“That’s hockey baby!” and other John Forslund-isms

Bumped up on January 17, 2018 for bye week snow day reading.   Original version published on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Additional Forslundisms added on Friday March 10, 2017 and highlighted in red font. A huge thank you to the Caniac Nation for building this great list that is approaching 50! Keep ’em coming via comments, Twitter (@ or just use #Forslundisms (plural more used)), or email. Surely we can get to 100.   Game #63 of the 2016-17 season was a tough one to watch for many Canes fans who are still checked in. Coming off a win that offered a glimmer of hope on Sunday, the Hurricanes played a game that very much felt like they were playing out the string. The game between 2 teams most likely destined for the draft lottery lacked intensity, and the Hurricanes came out on the losing end of it. But in always trying to find joy, John Forslund reached into the Forslund-ism rolodex and pulled out a gem that is a lesser-used expression but for whatever reason 1 of my all-time favorites. As an Avalanche player was skating through the neutral zone, he went down suddenly which prompted John Forslund to exclaim that he was “hit by a blow dart from the third level.” For whatever reason, this one causes me to literally burst out laughing. I have had beverages spew out of my face a couple times on this type of occasion. At the most basic level, Hurricanes fans are incredibly lucky to have a top-notch broadcast team. Also significant is the fact that the primary players have been with the...
Evaluating Ron Francis’ summer work nearing the midway point of the 2017-18 season

Evaluating Ron Francis’ summer work nearing the midway point of the 2017-18 season

When the calendar flips to 2018 in just over a week, the Hurricanes will be 38 games into the 2017-18 season. That is a few games short of the official midway point but close enough to start doing that type of evaluation.   The honeymoon begins Three and a half years ago, Ron Francis inherited a team that was near the bottom of the NHL both in terms of current season and also the future based on system rankings. As a familiar face with a tremendous on-ice contribution to the organization, all Francis had to do to be well-received was say anything that the fans could interpret to mean a positive future was on the way. Francis’ mantra in that regard from the very beginning was that his goal was to build a team that not just returned to the playoffs but also became a regular entrant and true Cup contender. The plan made sense given the state of the team he inherited and the realities of a small market team. Though the word “rebuilding” was probably never uttered directly by Francis, he pretty clearly charted that course when he stated his strategy/plan and also when he followed through repeatedly by eschewing opportunities to make short-term fixes and instead sold veteran assets at every opportunity to stock the prospect pool and system. Not to discount the merit of Francis’ original plan, but by taking the reins when the team was at a low point, he entered at an incredibly easy point for ‘before any results can be measured’ type of evaluations.   The process plays out over three long...
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...