FT. MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2001) - Because of the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, the National Hockey League has canceled all preseason games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The cancellations include the home-and-away preseason series between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning at TECO Arena in Ft. Myers, Fla. and the Ice Palace in Tampa.
There are 20 players participating in the team’s training camp who are currently in Ft. Myers. The remaining 33 players participating in training camp were scheduled to fly on a chartered flight from Raleigh to Ft. Myers on Tuesday at 1 p.m. That flight was canceled when the Federal Aviation Administration suspended all flights due to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The team had been scheduled to begin practice with the full 53-man Training Camp roster in Ft. Myers on Wednesday.
The Hurricanes are holding two sessions of practices for the 33 players who are in Raleigh on Friday, taking place at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the RecZone in Raleigh. Hurricanes Head Coach Paul Maurice and his staff will run the Raleigh sessions. The 20 players in Florida will practice at TECO Arena in Ft. Myers at 10 a.m. with Ron Smith, the coach of the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League affiliate Lowell Lock Monsters, Hurricanes goaltending consultant Don Edwards and the staff of the East Coast Hockey League’s Florida Everblades. The team still plans to hold its full Training Camp in Ft. Myers and the Raleigh group is scheduled to fly to Ft. Myers on Friday afternoon.
For more information on training camp, contact Jerry Higgins in Ft. Myers at (919) 523-1706 or Mike Sundheim in Raleigh at (919) 861-5477.