RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes' players made a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross that is designated for the American Red Cross Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund in North Carolina. The players' contribution raises the total figure generated by the organization and the National Hockey League to $25,000. Last week, the Hurricanes' Kids n' Community Foundation donated $10,000 and the NHL contributed $5,000. "This is just the right thing to do," stated Hurricanes' center Ron Francis. "The flooding and damage from Floyd has been overwhelming, and as a team, we wanted to be a part of the relief effort. We hope that our contribution can make a difference to the many needy families of eastern North Carolina."
For Francis and his teammates, this marks the second sizeable contribution to local charities in less than six months. In June of 1999, Hurricanes' players donated more than $21,000 in proceeds from their involvement in a Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ:CPWR) commercial to local charities.
The Hurricanes will open the franchise's third season in North Carolina, first in Raleigh and 21st season in the NHL this Saturday at the FleetCenter at 7:00 p.m. (HOME TEAM SPORTS/FOX SPORTS SOUTH) against the Boston Bruins. For Carolina, it will officially mark the team's defense of the 1999 Southeast Division Title and represents the first of nine consecutive road games. Carolina returns home to Raleigh after the Boston game before embarking on a five-game, 10-day road trip to Philadelphia, New York, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. After returning to Raleigh, Carolina returns to the road to face Toronto, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. Carolina will open the 1999-2000 season at home on Friday, October 29, 1999 against the New Jersey Devils at 7:00 p.m.
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