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‘CANES, 99.9 FM THE FAN AGREE TO TWO-YEAR EXTENSION

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has reached an agreement on a two-year extension with Capitol Broadcasting Company to keep 99.9 FM The Fan as the flagship station of the Hurricanes Radio Network. The agreement continues the Hurricanes’ and The Fan’s partnership through the 2021-22 NHL season.

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‘CANES ANNOUNCE HOCKEY OPERATIONS ADDITIONS

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has added the following personnel to its coaching and medical staffs.

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WADDELL AVAILABLE ON ZOOM SATURDAY AT 3 PM

RALEIGH, NC – Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell will be available on a video conference call at 3 p.m. on Saturday as the Hurricanes prepare to open Phase 3 of the National Hockey League’s Return to Play Plan.

Please contact Mike Sundheim for the Zoom link and password. We ask for your cooperation in not sharing the call’s information as lines will be limited and space is not guaranteed.

WHO:                          Don Waddell

WHAT:                        Video Conference Call

WHEN:                        Saturday, July 10 at 3 p.m. ET

WHERE:                     Zoom

‘CANES ANNOUNCE PHASE 3 SCHEDULE AND ROSTER

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the schedule and roster for the team’s participation in Phase 3 of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Return to Play Plan. The team will begin on-ice workouts at PNC Arena on Monday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. All sessions will be closed to the public.

Phase 3 will feature two weeks of on-ice workouts at PNC Arena prior to the team’s departure to the Eastern Conference hub in Toronto on July 26. Phase 3 will conclude with five days of training in Toronto, including one exhibition game. Carolina will open its best-of-five qualifying series against the New York Rangers on Saturday, August 1. Game times and broadcast information will be released at a later date.  

The Hurricanes’ Phase 3 roster is attached to this release. Subject to change, practices are scheduled to take place every day between July 13-25, at 10:30 a.m. at PNC Arena.

All media who wish to attend any Phase 3 workouts at PNC Arena must submit their names to Mike Sundheim by Sunday, July 12, at 5 p.m. Per the NHL’s health procedures, if a name is not on the check-in list, that person will not be permitted to enter PNC Arena.

In accordance with the NHL’s Phase 3 media policies, media present at PNC Arena must wear face coverings all times, participate in daily temperature checks prior to entry, remain at least six-feet apart from other media members and Hurricanes staff at all times, and sign a waiver daily attesting to be free of COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, there will be no direct in-person interaction between media members and any Hurricanes players, coaches or support staff. All interviews will be conducted via Zoom. If you would like to receive text and email updates about the timing of post-practice player and coach Zoom calls, please email Mike Sundheim. As a reminder, the team has also been making photography and video available daily on its media resource site, CanesPR.com.

Media seating will be located at the Ledge Lounge on the second floor of PNC Arena. Media members will not be permitted elsewhere inside PNC Arena and will not have access to elevators. Media members must enter through the VIP Entrance, where they will sign-in and undergo a temperature check.

If a media member has a COVID-19 symptom, has had exposure to someone with COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have a temperature, they will not be admitted entry to PNC Arena. Media members who meet any of these criteria will need to follow up with their own physician for care and will require a letter from their physician providing written medical clearance before they will be admitted entry to PNC Arena.

STAAL AVAILABLE ON ZOOM TUESDAY AT 12:30

RALEIGH, NC – Carolina Hurricanes Captain Jordan Staal will be available on a video conference call at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, following the team’s opening skate of Phase 2 of the National Hockey League’s Return to Play Plan.

The Hurricanes are expecting approximately 16 players to participate during Tuesday’s voluntary training session. In accordance with Phase 2 guidelines, the team will be divided into two groups and no media will be permitted inside PNC Arena. To assist media in their coverage of the team’s voluntary skates, the Hurricanes will upload broadcast-quality footage to their media resource site, CanesPR.com.

Media interested in accessing his video conference call should email Mike Sundheim for the link and password.

WHO: Jordan Staal
WHAT: Video Conference Call
WHERE: Zoom
WHEN: Tuesday, June 30 at 12:30 p.m. ET

We ask for your cooperation in not sharing the call’s information as lines will be limited and space is not guaranteed.

‘CANES TO BEGIN VOLUNTARY SKATES AT PNC ARENA ON TUESDAY

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will begin voluntary small-group training at PNC Arena on Tuesday, June 30. All sessions will be closed to the public and media.

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DAVID AYRES WINS “GREATEST MOMENTS OF NHL SEASON…SO FAR” FAN VOTE

RALEIGH, NC – Carolina Hurricanes emergency backup goaltender David Ayres, who helped the Hurricanes defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Feb. 22, has been voted the “Greatest Moment of the NHL Season…So Far” in an online fan vote. Fans were able to vote on one matchup per day on Twitter and Instagram from the original bracket of 64 moments. Ayres defeated teammate Andrei Svechnikov’s “lacrosse-style” goal in the semifinals and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne’s goal in the final matchup.

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‘CANES EXTEND LEASE AT PNC ARENA THROUGH 2028-29

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, and Tom McCormick, Centennial Authority board chair, will be available to the media today at PNC Arena at 1 p.m. The availability will take place at the Ledge Lounge, adjacent to the club restaurant on the arena’s second level.

The Centennial Authority, owners of PNC Arena, and Gale Force Sports and Entertainment, L.L.C announced today that the Centennial Authority board has approved a five-year lease extension with the Carolina Hurricanes. The newly negotiated lease states that the Hurricanes will occupy PNC Arena until July 1, 2029.

WHO: Don Waddell, Hurricanes President and General Manager
Tom McCormick, Centennial Authority board chair
WHAT: Media availability
WHERE: Ledge Lounge, PNC Arena
WHEN: Thursday, May 28 at 1 p.m. ET

Media are asked to please practice safe social distancing during today’s availability and remain at least six feet separated from each other and the speakers at the availability. Masks will not be required, but are recommended.

CAROLINA HURRICANES FOUNDATION DONATES $478,000

RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation has donated a total of $478,000 during the 2019-20 season, including cash grants to 26 local nonprofits and youth hockey organizations in North Carolina. This grant cycle brings the Foundation and team’s donation totals to more than $16 million in cash grants and in-kind services since 1997.

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‘CANES ANNOUNCE STAFFING SOLUTIONS FOR CRISIS

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the organization has taken a series of important steps to protect the interests of the team and its employees. The NHL paused the 2019-20 season on March 12 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. On March 23, the team and PNC Arena were forced to shut down operations so that staff could practice social distancing.

Following an exploration of the marketplace and governmental opportunities, the team has been able to ensure that full-time employees will not lose income by following these procedures:

• Approximately 55 percent of all full-time staff will be placed on furlough through June 7, and given the opportunity to take full advantage of the government’s stimulus package
• Employees placed on furlough who are not eligible to collect 100% of their full base salaries via unemployment insurance will be provided a bonus by the organization upon the conclusion of the furlough period to be made whole
• All furloughed employees will continue to receive healthcare benefits during the furlough period, and the company will assist employees by making their premium payments during that time

“The organization remains committed to taking care of our staff as well as possible given these unprecedented circumstances,” said Waddell. “We’ve created a solution that protects our employees from financial hardship, while also mitigating the losses suffered by the company during this shutdown.”