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HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH DEFENSEMAN DAVID TANABE

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

COMPLETED HIS THIRD NHL SEASON IN 2001-02

Defenseman David Tanabe will be in camp with Hurricanes veterans on Sunday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2002) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has agreed to terms with defenseman David Tanabe on a one-year contract. As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tanabe will be in attendance on Sunday, Sept. 15, when all Hurricanes veterans officially begin training camp.

“We are glad to have signed David in time for training camp,” said Karmanos. “This is an extremely important time of the season and it is critical for David to be here for camp.”

Tanabe (6’1", 205 lbs.) notched 16 points (1g, 15a) in 78 games during his third season with the Hurricanes in 2001-02. The White Bear Lake, Minn. native earned an assist in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against New Jersey before leaving the game with a broken wrist, which kept him out for the remainder of the playoffs. Tanabe, 22, has tallied 49 points (12g, 37a) in 183 career regular season NHL games. He was Carolina’s first-round pick (16th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Tanabe played in the 2002 Topps YoungStars game during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, earning a pair of assists.

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