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Community: Happy Holidays

by Katharine Kelley / Carolina Hurricanes
For those of you who were at the Hurricanes game on Monday night, you may have seen
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some holiday cheer sprinkled around the RBC Center. The Eye Care Associates Storm Squad collected toys at each entrance in exchange for a BOGO ticket voucher to tonight’s game. Don’t worry, if you are a procrastinator like I can be sometimes, you can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Time Warner Cable Box Office until puck drop tonight and still receive a BOGO ticket voucher for tonight’s game. Donated toys will be distributed to the holiday programs at Interact of Wake County, Helping Hand Mission, Toys for Tots and Wake County Human Services.

Also during Monday’s game, the Kids ‘N Community Foundation featured four different Hurricanes Wives decorated Christmas trees. These trees are part of an on-going auction that will end during the Dec. 18 game. Each tree has a unique theme and features a different group of player autographed ornaments. Spearheaded by Emily Cole’s creative direction, players’ wives and girlfriends took the time during Wednesday’s game to decorate each tree.
  • Cole and the gang: The tree is definitely the most colorful and “playful” of all the trees. It features ornaments signed by Erik Cole, Jeff Skinner, Brandon Sutter, Justin Peters and Jon Matsumoto (who is now playing with the Checkers). Rather than a traditional star or angel at the top of the tree, this tree features a four-framed photo tree-topper that includes autographs of each player. Other tree details include autographed wooden stars and skates, traditional red ornaments signed by the guys, autographed-framed player cards wrapped into the tree, sparkly cows and owls, and vibrant ornaments with pinks, blues and greens adorning the tree.
  • A Blue Line Christmas: As you might guess, this tree is our “defensive” tree. Cam Ward, Tim Gleason, Jay Harrison, Jamie McBain, Joe Corvo and Ian White cover this tree that is topped with a black, white and red knit hat (or toboggan as I call it). This tree is draped with a red boa-like decoration. It features red, silver and black ornaments, and also it features autographed-framed player cards, a Jay Harrison signed red Hurricanes bear, black and white cows, oversized silver ornaments and other autographed red ornaments.
  • Looking Forward to Christmas: Eric Staal, Chad LaRose, Patrick Dwyer, Troy Bodie and Patrick O’Sullivan (now with the Wild) will definitely light up a room this holiday season with their decorated tree. This tree is wrapped a sparkly, silver ribbon and there are plenty of autographed decorations to go around this tree that is topped with a shiny silver star. Chad LaRose and Eric Staal’s framed player cards are featured multiple times, and sit alongside black, white and silver snowflakes. Red ornament balls and red wooden skates are also signed by all the guys.
  • A European Christmas: This, of course, is a tree that features all of our players that are from a European country. The three fins, one Russian and a Czech outfit this tree that is topped with a silver star. Fun ornaments, like snowmen that look like they are jumping rope, signed wooden stars and skates, and autographed sparkly ornaments and framed player cards, fill this tree that is also wrapped in a silver shiny ribbon. Ruutu also added an autographed puck to this Hurricanes color-themed Christmas tree.
The holiday cheer does not stop here. In tonight’s auction, we’ll have a mystery stocking that features items (puck, replica stick and Helsinki Premier Jersey) signed by players (Kostopoulos, Skinner and O’Sullivan) who played in Finland this year. This coming Tuesday, our entire team will be making community appearances to bring some holiday cheer. Our annual trip to the area children’s hospitals and Target shopping event are both scheduled for this coming Tuesday. Also, on Dec. 18, 300 mystery autographed holiday pucks ($30/puck) will go on sale at 6 p.m. The Halloween and Thanksgiving pucks have both sold out, so be sure to plan your arrival time accordingly!

Stop by the Kids ‘N Community Foundation kiosk to soak up some holiday cheer during the December games. Bidding has begun on the trees. Each tree started at $150, and they will close out like any normal auction item on Saturday, Dec. 18, the same night as the holiday puck fundraiser.

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