the 2017-18 season, 17 different children and their families were
able to use the suite. The Me Fine Foundation provides fi nancial and
emotional support to over 1,500 critically ill children.
Each season, the Carolina Hurricanes partner with charitable
organizations to host community days with our players and alumni to
give back to deserving organizations.
Oct. 31 – The entire Carolina Hurricanes team participated in the
annual hospital visits. They visited REX Hospital, UNC Children’s
Hospital, and WakeMed Hospital to take photos, sign autographs
and offer well wishes. In addition, the team dressed in Halloween
costumes and passed out candy and other gifts to patients.
Nov. 22 – The Carolina Hurricanes continued its annual Thanksgiving
partnership with Helping Hand Mission by delivering 450 turkeys
to area families. Hurricanes staff and Canes alumni Erik Cole &
Shane Willis were on hand to help pass out turkeys and other nonperishable
food. The turkeys were provided through the Tickets for
Turkeys campaign where a portion of every ticket sold went towards
the purchase of turkeys. This was the seventh year of the Hurricanes
partnership with Helping Hand Mission which assists families on a
one-on-one basis with clothing, furniture and shelter.
Dec. 22 – The Hurricanes continued their tradition of hosting a
shopping trip with students from Durham Nativity School for their
annual holiday community day. Jaccob Slavin, Haydn Fleury, Phil
Di Giuseppe, and Trevor van Riemsdyk each partnered with one
student and helped them select and purchase presents for their
families and a special present for themselves for the holidays.
The mission of Durham Nativity School is to provide a tuitionfree,
enriched learning environment and an eleven-year support
system for middle school boys in Durham. The Carolina Hurricanes
Foundation awarded a $150,000 GOAL grant to the school for
scholarships in 2015.
Jan. 31 – Trevor van Riemsdyk and Haydn Fleury joined the
Capital City Crew for a practice at PNC Arena to wrap up the
Crew’s 2017-18 season. Capital City Crew is part of the National
Hockey League’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative and supported
by the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation. The program provides an
opportunity for inner-city youth ages 8-14 to play ice hockey through
partnerships with the Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs, Raleigh
Youth Hockey Association and the Carolina Hurricanes. In addition,
the players are taught life skills and positive character traits such
as leadership, gamesmanship, respect, honesty and integrity
through the sport of ice hockey.
Feb. 21 – Nearly 10,000 Wake County Public School System
elementary students visited PNC Arena during the Cool School
Field Trip to celebrate the Readvolution partnership. The students
watched practice, participated in a Q&A session, and cheered on
their teachers during on- and off-ice contests.
From energizing fans during games to showing off on the ice,
Carolina Hurricanes mascot Stormy, is a key part of the Canes game
day experience. When he’s not interacting with fans at PNC Arena,
you may fi nd Stormy taking his act on the road to share his unique
style of fun with others. The loveable ice hog makes appearances in
the Triangle, across North Carolina and across the nation, at schools,
community events, churches, hospitals, birthday parties, NHL events,
awareness walks and other non-profi t events throughout the year.
The Pepsi Storm Squad was the fi rst, and continues to be
one of the best, fan development teams in the NHL. They are a
key component to the organization, not just in-game, but out and
about in the community and all throughout North Carolina as well.
Members add to the home game experience by interacting with
fans on the concourse, visiting suites, aiding in promotions and
helping with multiple initiatives that benefi t our local community.
Outside of the Arena, the Storm Squad can be found at awareness
walks and charity golf tournaments, as well as community festivals
and fundraising events. Last year they appeared at over 125 events
in the community.
Each year the Pepsi Storm Squad hosts a Junior Storm Squad
clinic for girls ages 7-13. During the clinic, the Junior Storm Squad
spends the day participating in activities focusing on the importance
of leadership, perseverance, community service and self-confi dence.
The Hurricanes Hockey Kids Club has welcomed young fans
into the Canes family for ten seasons. The Kids Club, led by the
Hurricanes mascot Stormy, strives to develop a strong passion for
hockey at a young age with the hopes of inspiring lifelong fans.
This club presents members with opportunities such as exclusive
merchandise and gear, ticket deals, access to offi cial member-only
parties, as well as autograph and Q&A sessions with players. Kids,
ages 14 and under, can join the club to get in on the fun.
CAROLINA HURRICANES MOBILE TOUR
The Carolina Hurricanes Mobile Tour brings an interactive NHL
experience to kids and adults alike at various community events,
festivals and fairs throughout North Carolina. Inside the Canes
Mobile Tour unit, fans have the opportunity to create a personalized
trading card, sit in a replica Hurricanes locker stall and have a photo
taken, immerse themselves in Hurricanes history with interactive
touchscreens, view a replica of the Stanley Cup, and compare
heights to that of Canes defenseman Jaccob Slavin.
The Canes Mobile Tour was introduced in February 2018 and
has appeared at over 20 community events around North Carolina.
CYAH – CANES YOUTH & AMATEUR HOCKEY
To strengthen our involvement in the local youth and amateur
hockey community, the Carolina Hurricanes created Canes Youth
and Amateur Hockey (CYAH) during the 2006-07 season. CYAH
continues to have a presence in and provide sponsorship to the
local community to grow youth hockey at all skill levels. The
number of local youth hockey players has increased ten-fold since
the program’s inauguration, and the numbers continue to climb.
Led by former Hurricane Shane Willis, the CYAH program has
steadily increased its initiatives and investments in local youth hockey
over the past year. CYAH utilizes hockey to build personal character
and foster teamwork and dedication in young players. It has promoted
interest in youth and amateur hockey programs throughout the state
of North Carolina from individuals just starting to play to college level
and hosted many major in-house hockey clinics each season.
Now entering its 12th season, the Junior Hurricanes program
is coming off another successful campaign. The Junior Hurricanes
program (RYHA) included teams at the AAA, AA and A levels. The Jr.
Hurricanes were extremely proud that RYHA alumnus, Josh Wesley,
was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft to the Carolina
Hurricanes, Skylar Brind’Amour being drafted in the 6th round to the
Edmonton Oilers during the 2017 Draft, and this past summer Raleigh
native Tyler Weiss being drafted in the 4th round to the Colorado
Avalanche. With several players moving on to top junior programs in
Canada and the United States, the Jr. Hurricanes remain committed
to developing young players and giving them every opportunity to
succeed at the next level. In February 2011, the Junior Hurricanes
12U AA team won the Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey
Tournament, B division. This past season, the Junior Hurricanes Tier
2 U18 AA team won the USA Hockey Tier 2 National Tournament.
CAROLINA HURRICANES FIRST GOAL PROGRAM
The National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes teamed up
with the NHL and NHLPA to bring a new Gold Standard Learn to Play
First Goal initiative to the Triangle. This past year, the Hurricanes
First Goal initiative provided 780 children ages 5 through 9 with
hockey equipment as well as the opportunity to enjoy seven on-ice
instructional hockey sessions. To increase the number of kids playing
the sport of hockey in a fun and effective program, we have created
this Gold Standard hockey program. By reducing the cost barrier of
getting started, parents have no risk in letting their son or daughter
try the sport. By using age specifi c training from USA hockey and
NHL alumni players to facilitate, each new player will not only feel
comfortable on the ice but have a positive experience while on the ice.
Participants enrolled in the program are introduced to the game
of hockey by Hurricanes alumni and received brand-new equipment.
The Carolina Hurricanes First Goal initiative was offered at the
following rinks: Polar Ice House (Cary, Wake Forest, Garner
location, Raleigh Center Ice, and IcePlex), Hillsborough Sportsplex,
Greensboro, Charlotte Bojangles Arena, Extreme Ice Center –
Indian Trail, and Cleland Ice Rink – Ft. Bragg.
IN-SCHOOL HOCKEY CLINICS
For over 12 years, the in-school hockey clinic partnership that the
Carolina Hurricanes has with Wake County Public School System
continues to thrive. Each year, the Hurricanes visit over 25 schools
for clinics, teaching over 10,000 local students how to play hockey.
These clinics combine hockey education and character building
activities that focus on teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship.
Students who attended the clinics were always excited to learn
a new sport, and the opportunity to promote hockey among local
youth directly aligns with CYAH’s initiatives.
With the assistance of the NHL’s Industry Growth Fund, the
Hurricanes took their In-School Program to the next level during
the 2017-18 season. Twenty-fi ve schools and after-school programs
received full sets of Hurricanes-branded fl oorball equipment,
allowing those programs to teach fl oor hockey as part of their
regular curriculum. An additional 25 programs will be receiving
gear on donation in 2018-19.
RINK DEVELOPMENT AND REBRANDING
During the 2017-18 season, the Hurricanes began working
on large-scale changes to our local rinks with paint and graphics
updates. This is a three-year NHL Industry Growth Fund project to
increase the Hurricanes footprint in the local hockey community. Polar
Ice House locations in Cary, Garner and Wake Forest are all a part of
these updates, as well as Raleigh Iceplex, Raleigh Center Ice, and
the Orange County Sportsplex in Hillsborough. Rinks have all received
paint makeovers with Canes colors and will continue to see graphics
updates in the form of player images, logos, and dashboards.
JUNIOR HURRICANES PEE WEE QUEBEC TOURNAMENT
Over 17 years, the Hurricanes have provided countless memories
for more than 260 young men and women who have been a part of
this one-of-a-kind tournament. The tournament takes place in Quebec
City over 12 days, during which participants are exposed to culture
as well as competition, staying with French-speaking families and
learning about the French-Canadian way of life. The Quebec Pee-Wee
Tournament has produced an amazing number of future NHL hockey
players. The list includes Hall of Fame players Mark Messier, Mario
Lemieux and Ron Francis, along with current Carolina Hurricanes.
The February 2011 tournament proved to be one of the most
exciting for the program, as the 11- and 12-year-old team won
their bracket for the fi rst time. The team posted a 6-0 record in the
International-B tournament, outscoring their opponents 32-6, and
boasted eight of the top ten scorers in the division. That year, the
Junior Hurricanes earned major victories against competition from
Salt Lake City, England, Canada, Colorado, Anaheim and Switzerland.
RALEIGH YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION PARTNERSHIP
A new hockey partnership was formed on March 22, 2007, as
Canes Youth and Amateur Hockey (CYAH) joined together with the
Raleigh Youth Hockey Association (RYHA). The partnership allowed
the Hurricanes to lend their name, insight and marketing abilities
to RYHA. RYHA also received a grant from the Carolina Hurricanes
Foundation that allows for scholarships to be provided at all three
levels of competition.
POLAR ICE HOUSE
The Carolina Hurricanes announced a new sponsorship with
the Polar Ice House in 2014-15. The sponsorship focuses on
programming that offers players of all skill levels the opportunity to
learn, train and grow in a competitive, organized environment at the
Cary, Garner and Wake Forest Polar Ice House locations. This has
expanded to the Polar Iceplex and at Raleigh Center Ice. The goal is
to continue to support the growth of the sport locally and encourage
kids to lace up their skates and get out on the ice.
TRIANGLE SPECIAL HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
The Carolina Hurricanes are proud sponsors of the CAT5CANES,
a local hockey program that helps bring the sport to physically
and mentally disabled kids at no cost to their families. Entering
its sixth season, the CAT5CANES has grown from seven players
in its fi rst season to more than 80. Initially providing a place for the
kids to learn to skate and try the sport, the program took a team
to a National Tournament in Maryland in April 2010 and has not
looked back since. In addition to the local program, CAT5CANES has
helped start similar programs in neighboring cities. Triangle Special
Hockey is also proud to offer a sled hockey program for mobility
impaired players that is open to players of all ages and continues to
attract more participants each year.
HURRICANES ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
The Hurricanes established the Carolina Hurricanes Alumni
Association in 2011 to allow former players to continue to work
with the team and the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation after
retirement, through appearances and community outreach. The
Alumni Association also gives former Hurricanes players and
staff members a way to connect with their former teammates and
coworkers, as well as the current team.
The Hurricanes Alumni held their seventh annual Alumni Fantasy
Game, presented by Lenovo, on January 13, 2018. The annual event
provides fans a chance to skate in a game with former Hurricanes
players on the ice at PNC Arena. The 2018 Alumni Game featured 11
players: Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, Tim Gleason, Jeff Daniels, Tim
Brent, Shane Willis, Steve Rice, Robert Kron, Jesse Boulerice, Bates
Battaglia, and Bryan Bickell. All proceeds benefi ted the Carolina
Hurricanes Foundation, with a total of over $45,000 raised.
In addition to the Alumni Game, members of the Hurricanes
Alumni Association participate in other Carolina Hurricanes
Foundation events, such as the annual Foundation Golf Tournament
and Canes Bash. Locally-based alumni are also active with the
team’s youth hockey initiatives, including the First Goal program,
and make speaking and autograph appearances on behalf of the
organization throughout the year.
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