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Hurricanes to Welcome Home Olympic Medalists

by Terrell Williams / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC—Doug Warf, Senior Director of Marketing for the Carolina Hurricanes and Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, announced today that the team will honor its four Olympic medalists during its game Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators. The game marks the first home game since the conclusion of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where Hurricanes players earned four medals – one gold, one silver and two bronze.

In addition to the in-game recognition of the Hurricanes’ Olympians, fans will have an opportunity to see the prizes earned by the players. All four medals will be on display on the main concourse near section 113. For a minimal, tax-deductible donation ($3) to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, fans can see and get their pictures taken alongside the Olympic medals. Fans should bring their own personal cameras for the pictures.

All four of the Hurricanes' Olympians won hardware in Vancouver, making Carolina one of only two teams for which every player represented won a medal. The Hurricanes were one of three teams that saw players win one of each type of medal (Anaheim and Vancouver were the others), as Eric Staal won gold with Canada, Tim Gleason captured silver with the United States and Tuomo Ruutu and Joni Pitkanen earned bronze with Finland. Only Anaheim (7 medals) and San Jose (5) won more medals at the Olympics than Carolina. Chicago and Los Angeles each also won four.

Staal, 25, totaled one goal and five assists in Vancouver, ranking tied for third in the tournament in assists and tied for 10th in points. With his Olympic gold medal, he became just the 23rd player in history to enter the “Triple Gold Club” as a winner of hockey’s three biggest championships – a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold and a World Championship. Staal is the first active player to win Olympic gold in franchise history.

Gleason, 27, was (+3) in six games while helping the United States to the silver medal. The Clawson, MI, native is the first Hurricane to win silver since Tom Barrasso did so in Salt Lake City in 2002. Pitkanen, 26, earned four points (1g, 3a) in helping Finland to bronze, and led the tournament in penalty minutes (29). Ruutu, 27, scored a goal for Finland as well.

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