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News Release: NHL BREAKOUT TO RETURN TO NORTH CAROLINA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

WORLD’S PREMIER IN-LINE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT TAKES PLACE SEPT. 15-16

RALEIGH, NC (July 10, 2001) - In its seventh year, NHL BREAKOUT 2001, the National Hockey League’s official street and in-line hockey tournament and festival, stops in Raleigh on September 15 and 16 as part of its 22-city North American tour. Respected as the world’s premier off-ice outdoor hockey tournament, NHL BREAKOUT 2000 will host hundreds of local hockey players of varying skill levels and ages competing in NHL CoolAirTM state-of-the-art inflatable rinks. Fans are encouraged to take part in various hockey activities. Admission for all activities other than organized tournament play is Free.

WHO:    Teams from the Raleigh area in all age groups. Hurricanes players are scheduled to appear on both days.

WHEN:    Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE:    Nortel Networks Research Triangle Park Campus. 4001 E Chapel Hill Nelson Highway.

WHAT:    NHL BREAKOUT 2001 will host a variety of hockey-themed activities and entertainment including:

Approximately 100 local teams of all ages and skill levels will compete in Street and In-Line Hockey Tournaments held in NHL CoolAirTM state-of-the-art inflatable rinks. Prizes will be awarded to champions in each division.

Capitalizing on the growing trend of extreme sports, NHL BREAKOUT has added a new division to this year’s tour - the “Triple Threat” division. The game will include a 3v3 format with no substitutions.

NHL BREAKOUT is taking advantage of the popularity of the Internet by allowing teams to register online. Go to NHL.com.

NHL BREAKOUT 2001 is presented by Dodge, Southwest Airlines and IBM. Supporting partners include MBNA America Bank, USA Hockey In-Line, Blueline, and Bell Express VU. USA Hockey InLine and Canadian Hockey will provide their expertise in officiating and instructional programs. All games are played with the Z-Ball, the official NHL BREAKOUT 2001 tournament ball from Sun Hockey. Local supporters are Nortel Networks, 850 The Buzz, and The Spectator.

Admission for activities other than organized tournament play ($160.00/team entry fee) is FREE. The NHL BREAKOUT 2001 Carolina Hurricanes information hotline is (919) 861-2322. Or, skate to www.nhl.com.

Ken Preston contributed to this report.

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