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Press Release: CAROLINA HURRICANES PRESEASON OPENER CANCELED BY NHL

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

STATUS OF SUNDAY GAME AT TAMPA BAY TO BE DETERMINED THURSDAY

FT. MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2001) - Because of the tragedies in NewYork, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, the National Hockey League hascanceled Saturday's preseason game between the Carolina Hurricanes and theTampa Bay Lightning at TECO Arena. The game will not be made up, accordingto Carolina Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Jim Rutherford.

The status of Sunday's preseason game between the Hurricanes and Lightningat the Ice Palace in Tampa, Fla. has not been determined. The NHL willdecide on all Sunday games sometime Thursday.

There are 20 players currently participating in the team's training camp whoare currently in Ft. Myers. The remaining 33 players participating intraining camp were scheduled to fly on a chartered flight from Raleigh, N.C.to Ft. Myers on Tuesday at 1 p.m. and begin a full training camp the nextday. That flight was canceled when the Federal Aviation Administrationsuspended all flights due to the attacks on the World Trade Center in NewYork and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The team is still waiting word onwhen the airports will be allowed to open, and at that time will theHurricanes make a decision on when the players will arrive in Florida.

The Raleigh workouts will be held at the RecZone in Raleigh on Thursday at8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice and his staff will runthose practices. The Florida players will practice at TECO Arena in Ft.Myers at 10 a.m. Thursday, with Ron Smith, the coach of the Hurricanes'American Hockey League affiliate Lowell Lock Monsters, in charge. He will beassisted by Carolina goaltending consultant Don Edwards and FloridaEverblades coaches Jerry Fleming and P.K. O'Hanley.

Carolina will continue to conduct a split training camp with 33 players inRaleigh, N.C. and 20 players, mostly rookies and younger players, at TECOArena. The North Carolina portion of camp will have two practices JimRutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the CarolinaHurricanes, announced the team has hired former National Hockey Leaguegoaltender Don Edwards as goaltender consultant.

For more information on training camp, contact Jerry Higgins in Ft. Myers or Mike Sundheim in Raleigh at (919) 861-5477.

Ken Preston contributed to this report

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