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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Defenseman Acquired from Toronto in Late May

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 14, 2003) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Allan Rourke to a one-year contract. As per club policy, no terms of the deal were released.

The Hurricanes acquired Rourke, 23, on May 29 from Toronto in exchange for forward Harold Druken and Lowell Lock Monsters center Jeff Daw. Rourke completed his third year of professional hockey in 2002-03, posting 12 goals and 19 assists (31 points) in 65 games with the St. John’s Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League. The 6’ 1’’, 215-pound Mississauga, Ont., native has notched 23 goals, 47 assists (70 points) and accumulated 133 penalty minutes in 191 career AHL games. He has yet to make his NHL debut.

Toronto selected Rourke in the sixth round, 154th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to turning professional, Rourke posted 48 goals, 89 assists (137 points) and 207 penalty minutes in four seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. He scored 31 goals, earned 43 assists (74 points) and was named to the second All-Star team in 2000, his final OHL season.

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