CALGARY - David Tanabe, the 1999 first-round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game to stake the team to a 3-0 lead into the second intermission of this afternoon's game against the Calgary Flames. The Southeast Division champions entered the game with a 2-1-0 record in their first three games of a nine-game extended road trip.
Signed to a contract by the club on October 2, 1999, the Minneapolis, Minnesota native joined the team in practice on Monday, October 4th. After being scratched from the lineup in the Hurricanes' games against the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, the six-foot-one defensemen entered his first game this afternoon.
At 19:17 of the second period, Tanabe scored his first NHL goal and the team's first power-play goal of the season to give the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead. Sami Kapanen and Ron Francis each registered assists on the play.
Selected by the Hurricanes with the team's first pick (16th overall) in the first round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft in Boston, Tanabe chose not to return to the University of Wisconsin following his freshman year. As a freshman, Tanabe tallied 22 points (10g, 12a) in 35 games. In four preseason games this year with Carolina, Tanabe totaled two assists and four penalty minutes.