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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Tickets for three RBC Center games on sale Friday, Sept. 5

RALEIGH, N.C. – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team’s 2003 preseason schedule. The Hurricanes will play eight preseason games, beginning on Sept. 19 against the Florida Panthers at Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Fla., and concluding on Oct. 4 against the Washington Capitals at the RBC Center.

The Hurricanes will begin their exhibition schedule in the Sunshine State for the fifth consecutive season. Following the opener against the Panthers, Carolina will host the Atlanta Thrashers at TECO Arena in Estero on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Carolina travels to Tampa Bay to take on the defending Southeast Division champion Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum at 6 p.m. on Sept. 21.

The Hurricanes meet the Thrashers again in a matinee game at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Sept. 23 and return to Raleigh for the preseason home opener against Tampa Bay on Sept. 25 at the RBC Center at 7 p.m. Carolina again hosts the Thrashers the next day at the RBC Center, and the Hurricanes will hold the annual Caniac Carnival on Sept. 28 at the RBC Center.

The preseason concludes with back-to-back games against the Washington Capitals – at the MCI Center in Washington on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. and at the RBC Center on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

Tickets for all preseason games will go on sale on Friday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. Full-season tickets and mini-season tickets are on sale now. For information, please call 1-888-NHL-TIX-1.

Date Opponent Location Time
Sept. 19 Florida Sunrise, Fla. (Office Depot Center) 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 Atlanta Estero, Fla. (TECO Arena) 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 Tampa Bay Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum) 5:00 p.m.
Sept. 23 Atlanta Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena) 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 25 Tampa Bay Raleigh, NC (RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 Atlanta Raleigh, NC (RBC Center) 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 28 Caniac Carnival Raleigh, NC (RBC Center) TBA
Oct. 3 Washington Washington, D.C. (MCI Center 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 4 Washington Raleigh, NC (RBC Center) 7:00 p.m.
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