RALEIGH, NC (July 6, 2000) – Jim Rutherford, CEO and General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has agreed to contract terms with defenseman Dave Karpa for next season. As per club policy, no terms were released.
“We are pleased to have signed Dave to a new contract,” stated Rutherford. “Dave has certainly had his ups and downs with our team since joining the franchise two seasons ago. He has battled injuries his first season and spent a significant amount of time with Cincinnati in the early part of last season. But, to his credit, he continued to play a tough game and earned the opportunity to return to our team last season. In the final three months of the season, he was one of our most steady defensemen and he played with the physical edge that he has been known for throughout his career.”
Karpa, 29, completed his second season as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes last year, totaling five points (1g, 4a) and 52 penalty minutes in 27 games. Karpa (6’1”, 205 lbs.) ranked second among Hurricanes’ defensemen with a +9 rating after being recalled from the team’s International Hockey League affiliate Cincinnati Cyclones on January 27, 2000. In 39 games with the Cyclones, Karpa accumulated nine points (1g, 8a) and 147 penalty minutes.
Acquired from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on August 11, 1998, Karpa has registered seven points (1g, 6a) and 107 penalty minutes in 60 games with the Hurricanes. In his nine-year NHL career with Quebec, Anaheim, and Carolina, Karpa has compiled 75 points (13g, 62a) and 1,070 penalty minutes in 383 games.