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HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH J.D. FORREST

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Defenseman originally drafted by the team in 2000 Entry Draft signed to one-year deal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 20, 2006

RALEIGH, NC – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager for the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman J.D. Forrest on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Forrest $450,000 at the NHL level and $50,000 at the American Hockey League level.

“J.D.’s game has developed in Finland over the past two seasons,” said Karmanos. “He plays an offensive style and he adds more depth to our prospects on defense.”

Forrest, 25, played for Assat Pori of SM-Liiga, the top professional league in Finland in 2005-06. He ranked third among Assat Pori defensemen in scoring with six goals and five assists (11 points) in 43 regular season games. He notched four assists in 14 playoff contests. In 2004-05, Forrest played for SaiPa Lappeenranta of SM-Liiga, ranking second among the team’s defensemen in scoring with 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 53 games.

Prior to playing in Europe, Forrest (5’9’’, 185 lbs.) spent four years on the blue line for Boston College of Hockey East, totaling 98 points (24g, 74a) and 122 penalty minutes in 144 career games. The Auburn, NY, native was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team and NCAA East Second All-American Team following his junior season with the Eagles.

Forrest was part of the United States National Team Developmental Program from 1997 through 2000 and was originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 2006-07 regular season on Oct. 4 at the RBC Center against the Buffalo Sabres. For information regarding Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.

REGULAR SEASON
PLAYOFFS
YEAR TEAM LGE
GP
G
A
TP
PIM
GP
G
A
TP
PIM
1997-98 US Jr. National Team USHL
5
2
0
2
17
-
-
-
-
-
1998-99 US Jr. National Team USHL
48
5
21
26
34
-
-
-
-
-
1999-00 US Jr. National Team USHL
8
0
0
0
2
-
-
-
-
-
2000-01 Boston College NCAA
38
6
17
23
42
-
-
-
-
-
2001-02 Boston College NCAA
35
8
19
27
28
-
-
-
-
-
2002-03 Boston College NCAA
34
6
25
31
28
-
-
-
-
-
2003-04 Boston College NCAA
37
4
13
17
26
-
-
-
-
-
2004-05 SaiPa Lappeenranta FNL
53
7
12
19
44
-
-
-
-
-
2005-06 Assat Pori FNL
43
6
5
11
69
-
-
-
-
-
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