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Press Release: HURRICANES RE-SIGN SAMI KAPANEN TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

FORWARD PLAYED IN HIS SECOND ALL-STAR GAME IN 2002

Winger Sami Kapanen has won the NHL's Fastest Skater competition twice in the past four years.
RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 13, 2002) – Jim Rutherford, CEO and General Manager of the Eastern Conference Champion Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has signed forward Sami Kapanen to a one-year contract. As per club policy, no terms were released.

“We’re pleased to settle Sami’s contract today and avoid arbitration,” Rutherford said. “Sami has been a key part of our team for the past few seasons and we expect him to continue his contributions this season.”

Kapanen (5’10’’, 180 lbs.) tallied career highs in goals (27), assists (42) and points (69) during the 2001-02 season. He ranked second on the team in goals, assists and points and was tied for 25th in the NHL in points and third in the league in power play points (32). Kapanen was tied for third on the team in assists (8) while playing in all 23 games during the Hurricanes’ run to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. He ranked tied for fifth on the team in points (9).

The Vantae, Finland native played in his third Olympic games for his country in 2002 in Salt Lake City, registering a goal and two assists in four games. Kapanen, 29, also appeared in his second NHL All-Star Game in 2002, tallying a goal and an assist for the victorious World Team. He won the Fastest Skater contest at the NHL SuperSkills competition for the second time.

A fourth-round draft choice (87th overall) for the franchise in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Kapanen enters his eighth NHL season ranking seventh in franchise history in assists (191), eighth in points (330) and ninth in goals (139).

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