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'CANES TO HOST STANLEY CUP PARADE/CELEBRATION TUESDAY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Centennial Authority to honor Hurricanes’ 2005-06 season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 19, 2006

RALEIGH, NC –
The Centennial Authority will host a parade and celebration on Tuesday in honor of the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes. RBC Center parking lots will open at 4 p.m. and festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with the band Fantasy. Parking and the celebration are free for all fans.

The first 18,000 fans at the Stanley Cup celebration will receive a commemorative pint glass courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and the first 20,000 fans will receive a champion card courtesy of Progress Energy. Distribution of these commemorative items will take place outside of the RBC Center’s west entrance.

The Stanley Cup parade is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Wendell Murphy Football Center at Carter-Finley Stadium and will follow the roads around the RBC Center to the east VIP lots. Parade participants will distribute 5,000 foam pucks courtesy of John Deere to lucky fans along the parade route. The on-stage portion of the celebration will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m. and will feature video presentations and special guest speakers. Fantasy will return to the stage for 30-45 minutes following the on-stage celebration.

The Carolina Hurricanes won the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history with a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the best-of-seven series on Monday night at the RBC Center.

Note for Media: Media attending Tuesday’s parade and celebration will need to check in and receive a wristband to cover the event. Media can park in the east VIP lot and check in will take place behind the stage, near the Eye team store.

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