ESTERO, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2001) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced that the team has made its first round of cuts in preparation for the start of the 2001-2002 season. Nineteen players have been assigned to the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League, the Florida Everblades of the East Coast Hockey League and junior hockey. After beginning training camp on September 12th with 53 players, the Hurricanes roster now stands at 34.
Fifteen players were assigned to the Hurricanes’ top minor league affiliate in Lowell. These players were goaltenders Randy Petruk and Rob Zepp; defensemen Jeremiah McCarthy, Peter Reynolds, Greg Kuznik and Jan Vodrazka; and forwards Michael Zigomanis, Jeff Heerema, Ian MacNeil, Jaroslav Svoboda, Shaun Fisher, Tomas Kurka, Brett Lysak, Ryan Murphy and Damian Surma. The Lock Monsters open their training camp on September 21.
Defenseman Alexander Godynyuk will stay in Florida with the Everblades. Goaltender Daniel Boisclair (Cape Breton, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) and defensemen Carter Trevisani (Ottawa, Ontario Hockey League) and Sean Curry (Tri-City, Western Hockey League) will return to their respective junior hockey teams.
Carolina will play its second preseason game Wednesday night (7:30) at Florida before returning to Raleigh, N.C. for the remainder of training camp. The Hurricanes will return to the ice Friday morning at 11 a.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.