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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC (December 26, 2000) – Doug Piper, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that due to the success and popularity of the seven-game mini-season ticket plan, the team will offer a new stretch-drive seven-game plan featuring both games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux.

The new ticket plan will provide fans with some of the advantages of a full-season ticket plan, including maintaining the same seat for every game and a chance to earn priority status for tickets during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The plan includes games against the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday, February 16; the Boston Bruins on Sunday, February 18; the Southeast Division rival Washington Capitals on Saturday, February 24 and Friday, March 30; and the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, March 21. The highlight of the plan is a pair of games against the Penguins, including 1997 Hall of Fame Inductee Mario Lemieux’s first visit to North Carolina on Friday, March 23 and the regular season finale on Sunday, April 8. Fans cannot purchase single-game tickets for the Penguins games until February 1.

Hurricanes mini-season ticket plans are available immediately. For more information or to purchase a mini-season ticket plan for the 2000-01 season, please call the Carolina Hurricanes at (919) 467-7825 or (888) NHL-TIX-1.

Lemieux, who returned to the ice December 19 after a 3 ½ year retirement which saw him become Pittsburgh’s owner, still holds seven NHL scoring records. He won six scoring titles, three Most Valuable Player awards, two Conn Smythe Trophies as the playoff MVP when the Penguins captured the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992, and the Calder Trophy as the 1984-85 rookie of the year. In 745 games over 13 seasons, Lemieux had 613 goals, 881 assists for 1494 points.

Lemieux, 35, has come back to action three other times. He had two major back surgeries and overcame a bout with Hodgkin’s Disease in 1993.

Individual game tickets for all games in December and January are available at the Arena Box Office and at all Ticketmaster locations: (919) 834-4000 in Raleigh/Durham, (336) 852-1100 in the Triad, and (910) 223-2900 in Fayetteville. Tickets can also be ordered on-line by visiting the Carolina Hurricanes’ official website at The remaining individual game on sale dates for the 2000-01 season are:

All games in FebruaryJanuary 2
All games in March and AprilFebruary 1

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