Peter Karmanos Jr. has experienced many fabulous moments as owner and chief executive officer of the Carolina Hurricanes, but one still stands out above all others.
It was during Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final when the Hurricanes were playing the Edmonton Oilers.
"Anybody who has experienced a Game 7 on or off the ice knows how much is at stake; how the pressure never stops," Karmanos said. "About halfway through that game I noticed every single person in the arena had been standing since the start. They never sat down until the game ended. That was a tremendous tribute to ice hockey because I remembered the initial reaction when we moved hockey to North Carolina. But the game and the fans came through in Raleigh; they stood and applauded the entire game."