RALEIGH, NC (December 7, 2000) – The Carolina Hurricanes will host the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills contest, a fan-oriented skills competition amongst Hurricanes players at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Thursday, January 4, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. A portion of all ticket sales from the event will benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Fund.
Dodge/NHL SuperSkills invites fans to witness Hurricanes action through an exciting demonstration of hockey skills in the following categories:
· Puck Control Relay -- observe players illustrating versatility in stick handling
· Fastest Skater -- see players showcase their speed on skates
· Hardest Shot -- watch players demonstrate the power of their shots
· Accuracy Shooting -- find out which Hurricane shoots with the most precision
· Breakaway Relay -- observe which players demonstrate winning teamwork
The Hurricanes’ Sami Kapanen will look to defend the NHL’s Fastest Skater title he earned last season at the 2000 NHL All-Star Weekend in Toronto with a time of 13.649 seconds. In addition, the competition will feature the debut of Shane Willis in a Dodge/NHL Skills Competition. Willis won the Hardest Shot competitions at the 1999 AHL All Star Game (95 mph) and at the 2000 IHL All Star Game (95.9 mph).
Tickets to the event at the Entertainment and Sports Arena cost $5.00 and will go on sale beginning Saturday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m. The Hurricanes will donate the net proceeds to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Fund as part of Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint initiative created by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association that honors those in the hockey community who have struggled or continue to struggle with the disease.
Dodge/NHL SuperSkills will take place in 30 NHL markets during the first half of the 2000-2001 regular season. The four-month program will culminate with the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event, featuring NHL All-Star players, on NHL All-Star Saturday, February 3, 2001, in Denver. This event will be broadcast live from the Avalanche Arena on ESPN.
The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and visibility for local cancer care or research as well as to support the American Cancer Society and Canadian Cancer Society national organizations. Founded by the NHL and the NHLPA, Hockey Fights Cancer is supported by NHL member clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners, and fans throughout North America.