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Press Release: CAROLINA HURRICANES RE-SIGN SHANE WILLIS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM PICK INKS 1-YEAR DEAL

RALEIGH, NC (July 23, 2001) - Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the signing of second-year right winger Shane Willis to a one-year contract. As per club policy, no other terms were released.

Willis, 24, tied for third on the Hurricanes in goals (20) and tied for sixth in scoring (44) last season as he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

“We are glad to get Shane under contract,” Rutherford said. “He is coming off a strong rookie season, and will enter his second year with a lot more experience.”

Willis was one of the league’s top rookies in 2000-01. He was second in the NHL in rookie scoring and tied for second in goals. He led all rookies, and the Hurricanes, in game-winning goals (6) and was named NHL Rookie of the Month in February. Willis was second among rookies in power play points (18), power play goals (9) and third in shots (172).

Willis registered his first NHL hat trick against Atlanta on Feb. 21, 2001. He set a franchise record for the fastest goal to start a game (9 seconds) against Ottawa on Nov. 12, 2000.



SHANE WILLISCareer Statistics
 REGULAR SEASONPLAYOFFS
YEARTEAMLEAGUEGPGATPPIMGPGATPPIM
1994-95Prince AlbertWHL6524194338133476
1995-96Prince AlbertWHL69414081471811102118
1996-97Prince AlbertWHL4934225663-----
 LethbridgeWHL262217392419131124-20
1997-98LethbridgeWHL6458541127342356
 New HavenAHL10112-----
1998-99CarolinaNHL70000-----
 New HavenAHL7331508149-----
1999-2000CarolinaNHL20000-----
 CincinnatiIHL8035256064115388
2000-01 (a)CarolinaNHL732024444520000
HURRICANES / NHL CAREER TOTALS (3 SEASONS)822024444520000
(a) Named to NHL All-Rookie team.

Ken Preston contributed to this report.

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