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HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS ON CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH LEFT WING MARTIN GELINAS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC (August 4, 2000) – Jim Rutherford, CEO and General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with forward Martin Gelinas. As per club policy, no other terms were released.

“Marty is a veteran player who had a strong second half of the season last year,” said Rutherford. “He brings a lot of speed to our lineup and will play a bigger role for the Hurricanes this season.”

Gelinas (5’11’’, 195 lbs.) completed his third season with the Hurricanes in 1999-2000, totaling 30 points (14g, 16a) in 81 games, with 24 points coming in the final 47 games of the season. He finished tied for team lead (Kron, Westlund) in games played with 81, and ranked seventh on team in goals (14) and tenth in points (30). Gelinas, who played in his 700th NHL game on January 1 at Atlanta, registered five points on the power-play (3g, 2a) during the season, and had a five-game point streak (3g, 2a) from February 24 to March 4.

Gelinas will enter his fourth season with the Hurricanes and his 13th season in the NHL in 2000-01. He was acquired by Carolina as part of a five-player trade from Vancouver along with Kirk McLean in exchange for Sean Burke, Enrico Ciccone, and Geoff Sanderson on January 3, 1998. Originally drafted by Los Angeles (7th overall) in the 1988 Entry Draft, Gelinas was traded to Edmonton in 1989 in the Wayne Gretzky trade, and was a member of the 1990 Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers

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