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Community: The Biggest Assist Happens off the Ice

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
“The Biggest Assist Happens off the Ice” is the National Hockey League’s social responsibility program. It builds on the league’s tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and worldwide.

Hockey is for Everyone is an initiative that is a component of “The Biggest Assist Happens off the Ice.”  This initiative provides support and programs to kids of all social backgrounds to give each child the opportunity to learn and play hockey, as well as learn life skills.

Below are two ways the Carolina Hurricanes and our fans are taking part in “The Biggest Assist Happens off the Ice."

Operation Military Assist
Kristina Boyce 

We have another opportunity for each Hurricanes fan to give and receive. The Hurricanes and the USO of North Carolina are hosting a Military Drive to collect items for the U.S. Military. ASC Construction Equipment and Volvo Rents will be assisting us in sending the big items donated to our military overseas.  Beginning January 10, fans can bring items to the RBC Center box office to receive a buy one, get one free ticket voucher redeemable for the January 18 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The most needed items for donation are as follows:

  • shampoo
  • soaps
  • razors
  • lip balm
  • pre-paid phone cards
  • batteries
  • disposable cameras
  • toilet paper
  • hand wipes
  • sunscreen
  • kleenex
  • shaving cream
  • hand and face lotions
  • travel toothpaste
  • travel toothbrush
  • individual commercially wrapped food items
  • individual snack items (beef jerky, peanuts, hard candy, etc…)
  • drink mixes
  • washcloths
  • deodorant

The men and women in our military have given up the comforts of home to go and risk their lives to fight for our country. Please consider donating a couple of items to help support our men and women overseas. You will bring a smile to their faces while cheering on the Hurricanes as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both the Carolina Hurricanes and the USO of North Carolina would like to extend our deepest thanks to each fan that donates an item during Operation Military Assist.

The Joy of a Trophy
Austin Caldwell

Do you remember the first trophy you ever received? This was just one of comments that I heard over and over again Tuesday night as the Capital City Crew gathered for one final celebration of its inaugural season. Carolina Hurricanes center Brandon Sutter was on hand at the Cary location of the Carolina Ale House to pass on a few words of wisdom, sign autographs and of course hand out some trophies. Having just finished their second day back in school, the kids were very enthusiastic. Head Coach John Scott passed on a few words of his own to encourage the kids to continue to grow to be both good hockey players and good citizens of the community.

For those of you who have not been keeping up, the Capital City Crew started their season in early September 2009. They practiced eight weeks on ice at the RecZone before transitioning off ice to the Washington Elementary Boys and Girls Club. Here they had seven weeks of ball hockey practice while also spending time in the classroom learning life skills taught by local high school and college students. These sessions taught the players skills such as setting goals, confidence and managing your emotions.

The joy expressed by each and every player as they received their trophy was in part because of all the hard work and time put in by each coach and volunteer. Also, a special thanks goes out to the Carolina Ale House for providing the food and hosting this event. As I think back on the past five months, I can’t help but be proud of these kids. Most of them had never skated on ice or put on full hockey gear. Now they look like hockey players wearing their wind suits with pride.

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