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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has assigned defenseman David Tanabe (tah-NAH-bee) to its International Hockey League affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones.

Tanabe, 19, has played in 29 games for the Hurricanes this season, registering three power-play goals and 12 penalty minutes. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native became only the tenth player in franchise history to record a goal in his first NHL game, scoring against the Calgary Flames on October 11, 1999.

Tanabe (6’1”, 195 lbs.), who agreed to a multi-year contract on October 2, 1999, was drafted with the team’s first pick (16th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. When he was drafted, Tanabe had just completed his freshman season with the University of Wisconsin of the WCHA. Last season with Wisconsin, Tanabe had 10 goals and 12 assists for a total of 22 points in 35 games.

Hurricanes University, a three-night study session for fans to learn more about the coolest game on earth, starts its spring semester on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at the Ice House in Cary, North Carolina at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, all students will be taught the techniques of skating with provided ice skates and helmets. Following a 10-minute break, Hurricanes players Jeff O’Neill, Bates Battaglia and Tommy Westlund will demonstrate how to stick handle, pass and shoot. A short Question and Answer session conducted by the players will conclude the first session.

For registration information at Hurricanes University, visit the official website of the Carolina Hurricanes,, call 919-467-7825, ext. 2206 or e-mail at

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