Canes and Coffee Summer Event 2015 moves to Elite 8

Canes and Coffee Summer Event 2015 moves to Elite 8

The Round of 16 was a fun one with Twitter cameo participation from Hurricanes celebrities Mike Commodore, Michelle McMahon and Zach Boychuk.  We captured the action in pictures via some fun Photoshop work HERE and also added a bit of a more serious recap too. With the completion of the completion of the round of 16 games on September 24, 2015, the Canes and Coffee Summer event has been whittled to 8 true Hurricanes greats who will face off for spots in the Final 4 to be played during opening week of the 2015-16 season. Voting is HERE. Match ups and bio links are below. Founding Fathers Regional Championship Ron Francis (1) / Arturs Irbe (3)   Unsung Heroes Regional Championship Glen Wesley (1) / Ray Whitney (2)   Cup Core Regional Championship Rod Brind’Amour (1) / Justin Williams (3)   Current Generation Regional Championship Eric Staal (1) / Justin Faulk (7)   Go...

VOTE HERE – Sweet 16 games for Canes and Coffee Summer Event 2015

Voting for the 3rd round of the Canes and Coffee Summer Event 2015 will start at 11:30am ET on Friday, September 18, 2015.  The event will serve as beta testing for the new Wifi at PNC Arena, so fans in attendance at Friday’s training practice should be sure to vote while watching the Group C at practice. …This is a complete lie with not an ounce of truth, but didn’t it sound cool? 🙂 If you are here before Friday mid-day, please check back. A brief recap of the games just completed, a short introduction to the Sweet 16 games, a preview and links to the player bios are HERE. If you are new to the Canes and Coffee summer bracket event and would like a quick introduction, please go HERE. You can also see the entire set of brackets with the results HERE and scroll down a bit. Finally, a complete clickable list of bios for all players in the event is HERE.   Voting for 3rd round (Sweet 16) games is below:   Founding Fathers - Sweet 16 - Game 37 Ron Francis (1) (94%, 116 Votes) Kevin Dineen (4) (6%, 8 Votes) Total Voters: 124  Loading ...   Founding Fathers - Sweet 16 - Game 38 Arturs Irbe (3) (57%, 69 Votes) Jeff O'Neill (2) (43%, 52 Votes) Total Voters: 121  Loading ...   Unsung Heroes - Sweet 16 - Game 39 Glen Wesley (1) (67%, 80 Votes) Bret Hedican (4) (33%, 39 Votes) Total Voters: 119  Loading ...   Unsung Heroes - Sweet 16 - Game 40 Ray Whitney (2) (77%, 95 Votes) Aaron Ward (3)...
Rod Brind’Amour – “The captain”

Rod Brind’Amour – “The captain”

Rod Brind’Amour’s arrival in Raleigh set the path for the building of the franchise and the greatest times in team history. He arrived via the most significant trade in Canes history when Canes GM Jim Rutherford somehow converted former captain Keith Primeau who was holding out for a new contract at the time into Rod Brind’Amour on January 23, 2000. Brind’Amour had a modest four goals and ten assists in 33 games at the end of the 1999-00 season, but it was enough time to settle into the second line center position. With him, the Hurricanes a one-two punch with Francis leading a first line that leaned offense and Brind’Amour leading a second line that aimed to shut down the other teams’ best scoring line whenever Coach Paul Maurice could get that matchup. The 2000-01 season saw Brind’Amour score 20 goals and collect 56 points while eating up a huge helping of the hard minutes on penalty kill, with defensive zone draws and playing shift in and shift out against the other teams’ best players. The 2000-01 Hurricanes made the playoffs for the first time in Raleigh (1997-98 playoff appearance was during short Greensboro run while their stadium was being built). The excitement for those playoffs was squashed quickly by the New Jersey Devils when the Devils won the first three games of the series decisively and delivered a physical blow to the tune of season-ending concussions for Shane Willis and captain Ron Francis. Rod Brind’Amour led an undermanned Hurricanes squad to an inspiring ‘never say die’ comeback that saw the Canes win game four. In that first playoff...
Eric Staal – Young hero and long-time scoring and locker room leader

Eric Staal – Young hero and long-time scoring and locker room leader

Carolina Hurricanes history has been a rollercoaster ride that has seen the team rise up to the top of the NHL hockey world only to quickly fall back to its bottom. Eric Staal was the Canes reward for the fall from reaching the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals to missing the playoffs by a wide margin in the following 2002-03 season. On June 21, 2003, the Carolina Hurricanes selected Eric Staal #2 overall in the NHL draft. He arrived in Raleigh in the summer of 2003 with the expectation that he might need another year in juniors before jumping to the NHL. But Staal had other ideas. When he was amongst the league leaders in scoring for the NHL preseason and started reasonably strong in the regular season, it became impossible to demote him back to juniors. He had a modest 11 goals and 20 assists in that first season but benefitted from the experience. The 2004-05 lockout gave him the chance to hone his game and grow from what he learned as an NHL rookie in the AHL. When the 2005-06 started, he looked like a different player. Centering a line with playmaker Cory Stillman and space-making power forward Erik Cole, Eric Staal burst out of the gate in the 2005-06 season. At the 20-game mark, he had an astounding 12 goals and 16 assists. His pace ultimately slowed a little, but in a season that he started at the age of 20, he finished with 45 goals and 55 assists for an even 100 points which was good enough for eighth in the league in points and seventh...
Cam Ward – Playoff hero and #1 all-time goalie

Cam Ward – Playoff hero and #1 all-time goalie

Cam Ward is yet another story of a Carolina Hurricanes star bursting onto the NHL scene from seemingly out of nowhere. Ward was drafted 25th overall in the 2002 draft. He was expected to someday become an NHL goalie. But the chain of events leading up to it seemed to suddenly fall out of the sky. After being drafted, Ward spent two more years in juniors and then quietly had a solid AHL season in 2004-05 under cover of the NHL lockout. Despite the fact that Ward had no NHL experience whatsoever and only one season of AHL experience, Canes general manager Jim Rutherford decided to go with him as the team’s backup for the 2005-06. Coming off a miserable previous season before the lockout, the Canes needed a decent start out of the gate to build confidence and put 2003-04 behind them. Those prospects took a significant turn for the worse almost immediately when starting goalie Martin Gerber was injured two periods into the season. Cam Ward was suddenly scheduled to make his first NHL start in only his second NHL appearance at the age of 21 on October 7, 2005 in the Canes home opener. The foe was a Penguins team that featured all-time NHL great Mario Lemieux and soon-to-be NHL all-time great Sidney Crosby. In that game, Ward looked remarkably calm, as if he was ready and belonged there. He played well and helped get the Canes to overtime tied at 2-2 and gain a point in the standings in the process. Then after a scoreless overtime, Ward rose up and stopped Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby...

VOTE HERE – For ‘Cup Core’ and ‘Current Generation’ 2nd round

Voting for the 2nd round of the ‘Cup Core’ and ‘Current Generation’ regionals will start at 11:30am ET on Friday, September 11, 2015 and end at 12pm ET on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. (There is a chance this will be pulled in to Tuesday, but it will be somewhat formally announced if that happens.) If you are here before that and hoping to vote, please check back. A short intro to the 2nd round games in progress, the matchups and the links to the player bios for them are HERE. If you are new to the Canes and Coffee summer bracket event and would like a quick introduction, please go HERE. You can also see the entire set of brackets with results HERE. Finally, a complete clickable list of bios for all of the players in the event is HERE.   Voting for all live 2nd generation games is below   Cup Core - Round 2 - Game 29 Rod Brind'Amour (1) (94%, 63 Votes) Mark Recchi (8) (6%, 4 Votes) Total Voters: 67  Loading ...   Cup Core - Round 2 - Game 30 Mike Commodore (13) (60%, 50 Votes) Matt Cullen (5) (40%, 33 Votes) Total Voters: 83  Loading ...   Cup Core - Round 2 - Game 31 Justin Williams (3) (76%, 48 Votes) Niclas Wallin (6) (24%, 15 Votes) Total Voters: 63  Loading ...   Cup Core - Round 2 - Game 32 Erik Cole (2) (86%, 55 Votes) Chad LaRose (7) (14%, 9 Votes) Total Voters: 64  Loading ...   Current Generation - Round 2 - Game 33 Eric Staal (1) (79%, 49 Votes)...