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by Doug Warf / Carolina Hurricanes
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The Carolina Hurricanes ties to St. Baldrick will continue to strengthen tomorrow as Erik Cole, Scott Walker and Andrew Alberts will have their heads shaved at Hibernian’s big downtown event Saturday afternoon.

The three Canes will be on-hand to help head things off at 1pm.  It is my understanding that some of the RYHA youth hockey players will be on-hand to help shear the three Canes players.  For all three, this will mark their first foray into follicle loss for a cause.  

The downtown Hibernian Event is slated to last from 1pm until almost 8pm.  The event will take place under a big heated tent just outside the Hibernian Pub in Raleigh’s “Glenwood South”.  For navigation purposes, the address for the Hibernian is 311 Glenwood, 27603.  The event is open to the public so hopefully we will see you downtown tomorrow. 

As many of you know, Tim Gleason is also slated to lose his locks.  Thankfully, he still has some work to do in Vancouver before he needs to readjust his helmet.  

For the first time in four years I can now pass along first-hand shaving knowledge to the shavees.  It has been 15 days and I look like a young chia pet.  I would say I am about 5-7 days away from the “awkward” phase where my hair will be long enough to get “out of place”, but not long enough to do anything with.  I ask you to please bear with me.

Congratulations to the NCEWHA

The North Carolina Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association (NCEWHA) was the recipient of the Community Spirit Award at this year’s Evening of Champions hosted by the Raleigh Sports Council. 

The NCEWHA was founded in 2003 by former Canes intern Jonathan Greeson.  Greeson and his board have grown the NCEWHA from a few person team to a league that now has branches in central and eastern North Carolina.  They also succesfully hosted their first national tournament this past summer that saw teams from Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania travel to Raleigh for the three day event.
Greeson was presented his award by event emcee John Forslund and this was interviewed live on-air by Adam Gold.   During his interview, Greeson said that kids in his neighborhood always adapted games so that he could participate when he was a kid.  He was happy that he was able to create an outlet for wheelchair bound people to play the game of hockey. 

Another Canes tie has become a supporter of Greeson and the NCEWHA.  Aeriel Down, whose song is what brings the Hurricanes back to the ice after the second intermission, is playing a charity concert for the NCEWHA this Tuesday night in Goldsboro.  The concert will be held at the Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro.  It will start at 7:00 and should end by 8:30.  Admission is $15 and tickets are on sale now.  Proceeds from the event will help pay travel expenses for the Carolina Fury Powerhockey Team to participate in the 2010 Powerhockey Cup Tournament this summer in Toronto. Please visit www.ncpowerhockey.com for details. 

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