RALEIGH, NC (September 5, 2000) – The Carolina Hurricanes will begin their formal preparation for the 2000-01 National Hockey League regular season when the team reports to Rex Healthcare of Cary for medical tests, physicals, and photos on Thursday, September 7, 2000. The Hurricanes will then officially open camp with their first practice at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on September 8. All training camp practices are open to the public at no charge.
The Hurricanes will hold practice on Friday, September 8, 2000; Saturday, September 9, 2000; and Sunday, September 10, 2000 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, with the team split into two separate practice groups for evaluation. The first group will take the ice from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. each day and the second group will practice from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. The two groups will swap practice times each day, with the final group practice at the Entertainment and Sports Arena taking place on Tuesday, September 12, 2000. On Wednesday, September 13, 2000, the Hurricanes will hold a scrimmage from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The scrimmage is also open to the public at no charge. The team will leave for Ft. Myers, Florida after the scrimmage on September 13.
On Sunday, September 10, the Fourth Annual Carolina Hurricanes Charity Golf Classic begins with a pairings party and live/silent auction at the Entertainment and Sports Arena at 6:00 p.m. The team will spend Monday, September 11 with a day of golf at the new TPC at Wakefield Plantation. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Kids N’ Community Foundation.
The Hurricanes open their 2000-01 preseason schedule in Ft. Myers on September 16, when the team takes on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m. Carolina will play three more preseason games in Florida – at Tampa Bay on September 17, vs. Florida in Ft. Myers on September 19, and at Florida on September 20 – before traveling to Atlanta to take on the Thrashers on September 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Carolina plays its first preseason game in the Entertainment and Sports Arena on September 27, when the Hurricanes host the Washington Capitals at 7:00 p.m. The Hurricanes face the Atlanta Thrashers at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on September 30 at 7:00 p.m., before playing their final exhibition game on October 3 at Washington. Carolina opens the 2000-01 regular season on October 7 at 7:00 p.m., when the Hurricanes take on the Washington Capitals at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.