RALEIGH, NC (November 24, 2000) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has signed center Damian Surma to a multi-year contract. Surma, who currently plays for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, will complete his junior hockey eligibility this season before attending Carolina’s training camp in 2001.
Originally selected as the franchise’s fifth pick (174th overall) in the sixth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Surma (5’10’’, 200 lbs.) has scored 20 points in 17 games (12g, 8a) for the Whalers this season. Surma missed the early part of the season due to his continued rehabilitation after knee surgery this summer. The Lincoln Park, Michigan native was also invited to attend the Carolina Hurricanes’ Rookie Camp prior to the 2000-01 season, but could not attend due to the injury. Surma totaled 110 points (51g, 59a) and 290 penalty minutes in 131 games over his first two seasons with Plymouth. Surma, 19, scored 26 points (12g, 14a) in 31 playoff games over the two seasons, including scoring 17 points (9g, 8a) in 20 playoff games last season despite playing with an injured knee.