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by Doug Warf / Carolina Hurricanes
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The wheelchair hockey CHAIR-ity game that is set to take place at the RBC Center on Sunday at 3:30 has its combatants penciled in.

The Chair-ity game, which will take place between the 3rd place game and the championship game of the Carolina Powerhockey Invitational, will pit the Carolina Hurricanes against folks from 99.9 The FAN, ESPN Radio. 


The Carolina Hurricanes roster is set to include:

Rod Brind’Amour
Carolina Hurricanes Center and Captain
Carolina Hurricanes Forward
Tripp Tracy
Carolina Hurricanes TV Color Analyst
Brian Tatum

Director of Team Operations

Mike Sundheim

Director of Media Relations

Doug Warf

Director of Community Relations/Exec. Director of Kids ‘N Community Foundation

Jon Chase

Director of Promotions and Fan Development

Paul Strand

Youth and Amateur Hockey Coordinator

Don Sill

Producer, In-Game Entertainment

Ryan O’Quinn

Promotions and Fan Development Coordinator

Blair Brooks

Client Services Assistant

The roster from the formidable opponent, 99.9 The FAN ESPN Radio will look like this:

Mike Maniscalco

Sports Director and On-Air Host

Mark D. Thomas
On-Air Host
Dave Shore

Program Director

Adam Harris
Tim Hall
AM Producer/Anchor
Chris Morris
Board Operator

Brandon Alexander

Promotions Director

Jay Bell
Remote Engineer
Ryan Craig

Web Editor for

James Alverson

Promotions Assistant

Erin Summers

Promotions Assistant

Tim Chasteen

Programming Assistant

This was my first chance to play the role of GM, so yes, I stacked our team. I knew that the legendary voice of Chuck Kaiton would be calling the game from the sideline and I did not want to be called out for fielding a poor team. Hopefully this one will pass.   

Everyone will have their eyes on Brind’Amour, LaRose and Tracy. However, don’t sleep on former IceCaps legend Paul Strand. 

Paul is one of the most competitive people I know, and he has a head start on our competition (and some teammates) because he played in our scrimmage against the Fury last season. He finished the regulation of that game by scoring a goal, which was a called shot by Paul, to tie the game and send it into overtime. 

Another Canes sleeper is two-time wheelchair scrimmage veteran, Mike Sundheim. I would dub him “secret weapon”…but it not much of a secret at this point. The guy is a stud in the wheelchair scrimmage hockey world. To my recollection, he has 5 goals in two wheelchair games. Four of which, I am not sure he meant to score…he simply has mind control over the ball. I like to attribute it to his long arms...mainly because I blame my short arms for my inability to yet net a goal in two games (I like to think of myself as a stay at home defenseman/fan favorite). 

The EYE will be open, there will be food and drinks sold (hot dogs, popcorn $2…sodas $1). There will be great raffle items, collectible koozies and some great fun.

All in all, I think both of our teams are very excited about the CHAIR-ity game coming up Sunday.

However, I know we are all excited to see our good friends from the Carolina Fury play against other Powerhockey teams. 

Powerhockey Tournament
If you have never seen these games, please make it out at some point this weekend. There will be game at Millbrook High School Friday night (including opening ceremonies), Saturday and Sunday morning.

The 3rd place game and the championship game of the tournament will be played at the RBC Center. The 3rd place game faces off at 2 p.m. and the championship game follows our charity game. The estimated start time for that game is 5 p.m.

I can guarantee some intense competition from some inspiring athletes. I am very happy to be involved with this event due to the inspiration that I receive every time I watch a game. Sunday will be a great event for the family as the attendance is free and it is a great spectacle for all kids.  

Personally, when I was a kid, I did not think too much about other people who were not able to play sports like I was.  I remember the first time I saw a wheelchair basketball game I was so amazed. I think it is great for kids to see that these are true athletes, athletes that some of our own Canes want to see and pay tribute to.

Also, this will be the first time I have seen other powerhockey competition, so I am eager to see how the Fury stack up.

I will be at Millbrook HS tonight for the opening ceremonies and start of the round robin competition. Come out tonight and support your local Carolina Fury and a terrific cause. For more information, check

MEDIA ALERT - 99.9 Fan Interview on Friday Lunch
Shawn Hesse of the Carolina Fury will be on 99.9 the FAN Friday at
12:42 to discuss the Powerhockey tournament. Shawn is a veteran player for the Fury who is an intense competitor with a big heart for hockey.

I was on the FAN Wednesday discussing our CHAIR-ity game. I am sure Mike Maniscalco will be asking Shawn for a few tips. 


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