Thursday Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes March Madness #1–The Good Old Days bracket

Thursday Coffee Shop: Carolina Hurricanes March Madness #1–The Good Old Days bracket

Great discussions are already ongoing about a number of heavier topics in the Canes universe right now. You can find a wide array of great opinions on the state of the team after the gut-wrenching loss on Tuesday HERE. The article on the dismissal of Ron Francis from the general manager role also has a bunch of great debate which you can find HERE. If you want something current but more positive, check out today’s Daily Cup of Joe which offers a short list of building blocks.    Following the theme permeating the sports world this weekend, the Thursday Coffee Shop offers up the “Good Old Days” bracket for Canes hockey offering four head to head match ups of great moments in Canes history from the first two playoffs in Raleigh way back in 2001 and 2002. Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   The greatest loss in Canes history? Game 1 features a match up between arguably the two greatest losses in Carolina Hurricanes history. It might sound odd to include a losing effort in a nostalgic look back on great moments in team history, but both of these games were epic despite the outcome. To this day, I rate the loss to the New Jersey Devils in game 6 of the 2001 playoffs among my top 5 moments in Carolina Hurricanes history. That season marked the first playoff appearance by the Hurricanes in Raleigh (after one appearance during the Greensboro years). The Hurricanes were matched up against juggernaut and perennial Stanley Cup contender New Jersey. Games 1 and 2 of the series featured...
Caniac Ice Cream Challenge for St. Baldrick’s

Caniac Ice Cream Challenge for St. Baldrick’s

On February 14, Canes and Coffee posted a short article highlighting a few participants from our local hockey community who are participating in the St. Baldrick’s even at the Carolina Hurricanes game on March 17 to raise money to help end childhood cancer. HERE you can find that article and links to make contributions to volunteers supporting this great cause. With the mood quite sour among the Caniac Nation right now with an ill-timed losing streak and inactivity at the trade deadline, many of us are entering March on a down note and struggling to find the fun in the team and sport that we love.   Ice cream for charity! So with the aim of helping a good cause and putting some fun into March hockey regardless of how our team fares on the ice, I put before our hockey community the “Caniac Ice Cream Challenge”. The concept is simple. Ice cream is fun and along with other over 21 options is a great way to ease any hockey pain. So for each serving of ice cream eaten during a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game in March and documented with a picture, I will personally donate I will donate 25 cents to participants for the St. Baldrick’s event. With an official March 1 start date, there are exactly Rod Brind’Amour days until the St. Baldrick’s event at PNC Arena, so it would be tremendous to have 468 ice cream posts completed by March 17 to make a full $117 donation in time for St. Baldrick’s at PNC Arena.   Simple how-to’s Pictures can be submitted on Twitter using #CaniacIceCreamChallenge, posted...
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...