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Press Release: HURRICANES DELAY START OF 2001-02 TRAINING CAMP

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

PRACTICES MAY BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY

RALEIGH, NC (Sept. 11, 2001) - In light of the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, the Carolina Hurricanes have delayed the start of their 2001-02 Training Camp. The Hurricanes have tentatively scheduled practices in both Florida and Raleigh on Wednesday.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of these terrible attacks and their families," said Hurricanes Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Jim Rutherford. "We are going to patiently follow the situation in order to make an appropriate decision about our training camp."

About 20 players participating in the team’s training camp have already arrived in Ft. Myers, Fla., including 10 players from the Hurricanes’ Rookie Camp, which was completed on Sunday in Kitchener, Ont. The remaining 33 players participating in training camp were scheduled to fly on a chartered flight from Raleigh to Ft. Myers on Tuesday at 1 p.m. That flight was canceled when the Federal Aviation Administration suspended all flights due to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The team had been scheduled to begin practice with the full 53-man Training Camp roster in Ft. Myers on Wednesday.

The Hurricanes are now tentatively planning two sessions of practices for the 33 players who are in Raleigh to take place at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Wednesday. Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice and his staff will run the Raleigh sessions. The 20 players who are already in Florida will practice in Ft. Myers with Ron Smith, the coach of the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League affiliate Lowell Lock Monsters and Hurricanes goaltending consultant Don Edwards. The team still plans to hold its full Training Camp in Ft. Myers and will continue to monitor the situation to determine an appropriate course of action and flight time.

A current roster of players who will attend the Hurricanes Training Camp follows the release. For more information on the camp, contact Jerry Higgins at (919) 523-1706 or Mike Sundheim at (919) 861-5477.

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