The start of the 2007-2008 season brought some changes to the RBC Center: new uniforms, new rookies, and new Storm Squad members.
The Carolina Hurricanes Promotions and Fan Development department held tryouts for the 2007-2008 Storm Squad on August 27, 2007. Callbacks were held on August 30 for those who made the first cut. Over 80 contenders came in hopes of gaining a spot on the squad at the RBC Center. The first day of tryouts consisted of a series of interviews by various staff members of the Hurricanes organization including the community relations department, sales department, CanesVision Production, and the Hurricanes in-game host, Ron the Ref.
"The unique tryout structure allows for a diverse and talented group of representatives to be selected," said Jennifer Browne, a returning Storm Squad member. "Any team would be proud to have the individuals chosen as representatives and spokespeople in the community for their organization. I feel lucky to be a part of it."
After the first day of tryouts, the judges narrowed it down to 40 finalists.
“Every person that tried out for the squad possessed some of the qualities that we look for in a Storm Squad member, and that made for a really tough decision,” said Mari Jeter, Promotions and Fan Development Coordinator for the Carolina Hurricanes. “In the end we feel like we selected the 14 individuals that will help continue on our mission on and off the ice and I think we have a really great team this year.”
Day two of tryouts consisted of four stations including speed networking, media training, a rhythm portion and a station that simulated an out of arena event.
“I feel privileged to be selected to be a part of such a well-known and well-recognized organization,” said Avera Acai, a new Storm Squad member. “I think that the new members have a lot to live up to, but I know we will be great. I am really looking forward to savoring each moment as a new member of the Storm Squad. I can't wait to see what this season has in store.”
The 2007-2008 Storm Squad consists of 6 returning members: Amanda, Alyse, Jennifer B., Jennifer C., Mike and Whitney. The team gained 8 new members this fall with the additions of Ashley, Avera, Shannon, Catherine, Erin, Rosanna, Sally and Sarah.
The Carolina Hurricanes Storm Squad is the first off-ice fan development team in the NHL. They can be seen at every home game leading in-game promotions such as the Harris Teeter VIC Card Wave and RBC Centura Check of the Game, and can also be seen slinging T-shirts into the crowd. The squad is also found at various locations including corporate outings, charitable events, private events, and the Canes Cool Bars tour.
“We rely heavily on the Storm Squad to assist in the numerous events that we take part in each year,” said Mari Jeter, Promotions and Fan Development Coordinator. “The team helps us to develop fans in the off-season by passing out free promotional items, coaching kids on how to take a proper slapshot, and adding a presence to our events with their approachable personalities.”
The squad consists of young men and women in the triangle, varying from students from local universities to business professionals. The goal of the squad is to enhance the experience of a Hurricanes game and promote the team in the community with entertainment and enthusiasm that can be enjoyed by fans of all ages. Day One Interview Footage Day Two Interview Footage
Meet the 2007-08 Team