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Press Release: HURRICANES EXTEND CONTRACTS OF PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR SCOUTS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

SCOUTING STAFF MEMBERS SIGN TWO-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSIONS

RALEIGH, NC (March 28, 2001) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has signed Director of Amateur Scouting Sheldon Ferguson, amateur scouts Tony MacDonald, Bert Marshall, Willy Lindstrom and Terry McDonnell and professional scout Claude Larose to two-year contract extensions. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not released.

Ferguson is currently in his seventh season with the organization. Formerly the Director of Scouting for the Canadian National Junior Team, Ferguson oversees the Hurricanes’ amateur scouting department and is responsible for the team’s annual draft each season. He travels throughout North America and Europe to see all of Carolina’s top prospects. A graduate of Northeastern University, Ferguson has been involved in scouting and coaching for more than 24 seasons.

Tony MacDonald is currently in his eighth season as an amateur scout for the organization. A former coach and general manager in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). MacDonald began his NHL scouting career with the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. MacDonald’s primary scouting areas for Carolina include the OHL, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).

Bert Marshall is in his sixth season with the Hurricanes after spending the previous 13 seasons as a scout with the New York Islanders. A former NHL defenseman, Marshall played in 868 NHL games and totaled 198 points over 14 seasons with Detroit, Oakland, California, the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders. His primary focus is in the West including the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and the United States Hockey League (USHL).

A veteran of 13 professional seasons as a player, Willy Lindstrom is in his 10th season scouting for the franchise. He was a two-time Stanley Cup winner with Edmonton Oilers and a member of three AVCO Cup Championship teams with the Winnipeg Jets of the WHA. Lindstrom serves as an amateur scout for Carolina, with his primary focus in Europe including Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany.

Terry McDonnell is in his fourth season with the Hurricanes scouting staff. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, McDonnell served as a scout for the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. His focus areas include the QMJHL, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, and Hockey East. He also scouts some OHL and CCHA prospects.

Over the last few years, this group of amateur scouts has been responsible for drafting current Hurricanes David Tanabe, Josef Vasicek, Erik Cole and Niclas Wallin.

Claude Larose is in his 19th season with the organization. A five-time Stanley Cup winner as a player for the Montreal Canadiens, Larose played in 943 games over 14 years in the National Hockey League, registering 483 points (226g, 257a). A four-time NHL All-Star, he is currently a professional scout for the Hurricanes, scouting other NHL teams and the American Hockey League.

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