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Canes' Promotions Team Makes a Splash at Cary Swim Club

by Kellie Brys / Carolina Hurricanes

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Swimsuits, sunscreen and Stormy: not your average day at the pool. 

The Carolina Hurricanes promotions team made an appearance at Cary Swim Club on July 16, 2008.  The team brought the Border Patrol, which is a mobile street hockey rink, so members of the club could take slap shots, learn some skills and participate in an actual game, with Stormy as goalie. 

“The border patrol was wonderful. All we did was open the door, and poof! There’s the border patrol ready for action,” said Nancy Potok, social committee member of Cary Swim Club.  “The enthusiastic staff was great with the kids, and the kids did not want the event to end!”

Along with the Border Patrol, the ‘Canes promotions team had various posters, tattoos and promotional items that were given away in a free raffle including an autographed Eric Staal photo, an autographed Stormy bobble head and Carolina Hurricanes t-shirts and hats.  The winners were announced over the loud speaker at the end of the event. 

“Our border patrol is a great way to get a hockey stick in kids and adults hands that have never held one before,” said Jon Chase, Manager of Promotions and Fan Development Marketing.  “Whether people in the rink are just shooting around, practicing skills or playing a pick up game, it gives the public a chance to gain an appreciation for the game itself.  We take advantage of every chance we get in order to improve hockey knowledge all over North Carolina.”  

Along with stopping pucks in the net, Stormy took some time to meet his fans, take pictures and sign autographs.  Parents and kids lined up for a chance to meet their favorite ice hog. 

“During the off season we’re constantly looking for ways to get involved in the community,” says Chase.  “The response we received at Cary Swim Club was outstanding.  Both kids and adults had a great time participating.  It’s something we’re hoping to continue to do with different pools throughout the summer.”

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