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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC (March 1, 2000) – The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that Jean Marc Pelletier of the International Hockey League’s Cincinnati Cyclones was named the league’s Goaltender of the Week.

In other news, Gary Roberts is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Coyotes after missing seven games with a groin injury.

Pelletier finished last week with a 3-1 record, a 1.75 goals against average, and a .936 save percentage, leading the Cyclones to two victories over Cleveland and a win over Milwaukee. In his twelve games for the Cyclones this season, Pelletier has posted a 7-4-0 record with a 2.44 goal against average and a .922 save percentage.

Pelletier is the second Cyclone goaltender to win the award this year, joining current Hurricanes back-up Mark Fitzpatrick, who won the award for the week of December 20. Pelletier, a 21-year-old native of Atlanta, Georgia, was originally selected by Philadelphia in the second round (30th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. The Hurricanes acquired Pelletier as part of the January trade that sent Keith Primeau to the Philadelphia Flyers for Rod Brind’Amour.

Carolina continues its four-game road swing tonight at Phoenix when the Hurricanes take on the Coyotes on ESPN2 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Carolina has road games at Los Angeles on Thursday night and at San Jose on Saturday night. Both games will be on the Hurricanes television network.

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