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Get to Know the Canes: Season in Review Guide Facts

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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The Carolina Hurricanes Season in Review Guide, much like the Media Guide, provides a wealth of statistical nuggets about the team. The players also volunteer some factoids about their personal lives in order to flesh out their bios. Here is a collection of some of the more noteworthy or interesting personal facts about the Canes.

You Never Forget Your First

A number of players had some odd first jobs. Brett Bellemore was a corn detasseler. What’s corn detasseling, you ask? Just watch this video and pretend Bellemore is the guy in frame. Chris Terry was a paperboy. Jay McClement was an electrician’s apprentice – and, for what it’s worth, he said if he wasn’t playing hockey, he’d be an electrician.

Michal Jordan was the intermission mascot for his local professional hockey team, which we imagine may have looked somewhat like this (stick tap to Coop's elite Photoshop skills):

Michal Jordan

In a somewhat similar job, Zach Boychuk sold popcorn at Calgary Stampeders games, with the same enthusiasm, we hope, of the “PEANUTS!” guy at Durham Bulls games. And, of course, we’re all familiar with the Staal brothers’ first jobs on the sod farm.

Away from the Rink

Brett Bellemore was a competitive skier growing up, and skiing remains his favorite sport outside of hockey. Of course, we’re all familiar with Jeff Skinner’s competitive figure skating background. Anton Khudobin’s favorite thing to do away from the rink is play ping pong (and perhaps eat Girl Scout cookies, too). Not surprisingly, soccer is a favorite sport of many outside of hockey, with tennis and golf also in the mix.

Nice to Meet You

Zach Boychuk would most like to meet Big Foot. What we want to know: does he follow Big Foot on Twitter? Andrej Nestrasil would most like to meet illusionist Derren Brown, who perhaps can help with the Big Foot conundrum.

Magic

The celebrity Victor Rask would most like to meet is Justin Bieber, but his favorite musical artist is Wiz Khalifa, a varied interest.

The Big and Small Screen

The leaders in the clubhouse regarding film: “Dumb and Dumber” and “Gladiator,” each favored by three players. Also among silver screen enjoyment are “Old School,” “21 Jump Street,” the Bourne series, “Goodfellas” and “The Usual Suspects.” Of the more peculiar choices: “Flightplan” and “Ride Along”.

Movies

On the small screen, “Suits” was far and away the most popular show. “Seinfeld” and “Modern Family” received a few nods, with other comedies such as “Friends” and “Family Guy” also receiving mentions. Television dramas were heavily tilted toward cable or premium cable, with “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead,” “Justified,” “The Newsroom,” “Ray Donovan” and “Breaking Bad” getting nods. Alexander Semin’s favorite TV show is “Interns,” a Russian medical sitcom that apparently bears some resemblance to “House” and “Scrubs.”

Odds and Ends

Zach Boychuk’s favorite websites are CarolinaHurricanes.com and GoCheckers.com. Atta boy. That should be the standard answer.

Internet

Anton Khudobin’s most memorable hockey moment: scoring a goal at the 2004 U-18 World Junior Championships.

Alexander Semin’s favorite book is The Master and Margarity by Mikhail Bulgakov, which according to Wikipedia (which is always right), is “one of the best novels of the 20th century, as well as the foremost of Soviet satires.”

Finally, Riley Nash’s cousin, Kelly Olynyk, plays in the NBA for the Boston Celtics.

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All of this and more can be found in the 2014-15 Season in Review Guide, compiled by CanesPR and produced by our in-house design staff.



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