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Press Release: HURRICANES ASSIGN EIGHT PLAYERS TO LOWELL

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
ROSTER DOWN TO 25 HEADING INTO WEEKEND PRESEASON GAMES WITH WASHINGTON

RALEIGH, NC (Sept. 27, 2001) -Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced that the team has assigned eight players to the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League. After beginning training camp on September 12th with 53 players, the Hurricanes roster now stands at 25.

Players assigned to the Hurricanes’ top minor league affiliate in Lowell are goaltenders Tyler Moss and Jean-Marc Pelletier; defensemen Mike Rucinski, Nikos Tselios and Harlan Pratt; and forwards Greg Koehler, Craig MacDonald and Brad DeFauw. Forward Jeff Nielsen, who was in camp on a tryout basis, was not offered a contract.

Carolina will play its final preseason games against the Washington Capitals this weekend. The Hurricanes will play host to the Capitals Friday (7 p.m.) at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, and then will travel to Washington, D.C. for a Saturday rematch at 7 p.m.

Carolina will open the regular season on Friday, Oct. 5 against the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.

2001 CAROLINA HURRICANES ROSTER
(as of Sept. 27, 2001)
GOALTENDERS (2)
1IRBE, ArtursG5-8190LRiga, Latvia02/02/67
35BARRASSO, TomG6-3210RBoston, MA03/31/65
SKATERS (23)
2WESLEY, GlenD6-1205LRed Deer, Alb.10/02/68
4WARD, AaronD6-2225RWindsor, Ont.01/17/73
5MALIK, MarekD6-5235LOstrava, Czech06/24/75
7WALLIN, NiclasD6-3220LFors, Sweden02/20/75
8OZOLINSH, SandisD6-3205LRiga, Latvia08/03/72
10FRANCIS, RonC6-3200LSault Ste. Marie, Ont.03/01/63
11DANIELS, JeffLW6-1200LOshawa, Ont.06/24/68
13BATTAGLIA, BatesLW6-2205LChicago, IL12/13/75
14HALKO, SteveD6-1200REtobicoke, Ont.03/08/74
15RITCHIE, ByronC5-10190LBurnaby, B.C.04/24/77
16WESTLUND, TommyRW6-0202RFors, Sweden12/29/74
17BRIND'AMOUR, RodC6-1200LOttawa, Ont.08/09/70
19DINGMAN, ChrisLW6-4225LEdmonton, Alb.07/06/76
20LANGDON, DarrenLW6-1205LDeer Lake, NF01/08/71
23GELINAS, MartinLW5-11195LShawingan, Que.06/05/70
24KAPANEN, SamiLW5-10180LHelsinki, Finland06/14/73
25WILLIS, ShaneRW6-0185REdmonton, Alb.06/13/77
26COLE, ErikLW6-0185LOswego, NY11/06/78
27ADAMS, CraigRW6-0200RCalgary, Alb.04/26/77
38KNYAZEV, IgorD6-0185LElektrostal, Russia01/27/83
45TANABE, DavidR6-1195RWhite Bear Lake, MN07/19/80
63VASICEK, JosefC6-4200LHavlickuv Brod, Czech.09/12/80
92O'NEILL, JeffLW6-0195RKing City, Ont.02/23/76
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