Nov. 30, 1999
CAROLINA HURRICANES DEDICATE TONIGHT’S GAME IN MEMORY OF STEVE CHIASSON
Defenseman’s Jersey Will Hang In Hurricanes Locker Room
Raleigh, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes announced tonight’s game between the Calgary Flames and the Carolina Hurricanes has been dedicated to Steve Chiasson, who passed away last Spring. Sue Chiasson along with sons, Michael and Ryan, and daughter, Stephanie, will drop the first puck. The Hurricanes team held a dinner at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Monday night with Sue and her family. Jim Rutherford, Hurricanes President and General Manager, announced at the dinner that Steve Chiasson’s jersey will hang in the Hurricanes locker room.
“We appreciate the strength and support our players have shown for each other in dealing with this tragedy,” stated Rutherford. “But most of all, we all have learned about the true meaning of courage by watching the way Sue Chiasson has carried herself and been a pillar of strength for her family. Steve’s jersey will hang in the Hurricanes locker room from this point forth.”
Also on Monday night, Hurricanes’ captain, Ron Francis, who was joined by his teammates, announced that the players have created the Steve Chiasson Award. The Award will be given annually to the Hurricanes player who best exemplifies the qualities of determination and dedication while proving to be an inspiration to his teammates through his performance and approach to the game. The plaque hangs alongside of Chiasson’s jersey in the runway that approaches the ice in the Hurricanes’ locker room.