FT. MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2001) - The Carolina Hurricanes flew to Ft. Myers, Fla. Friday afternoon and will begin their full training camp at TECO Arena Saturday.
|Bates Battaglia, Marek Malik and Chris Dingman board the Hurricanes charter en route to Ft. Myers, Fla. |
Because of the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the Hurricanes have had to conduct a split training camp because of the closure of all airports. Twenty players, mostly rookies and younger players, have been in Ft. Myers practicing with Ron Smith, the coach of the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League affiliate Lowell Lock Monsters, along with Carolina goaltending consultant Don Edwards and Florida Everblades coaches Jerry Fleming and P.K. O’Handley. Thirty-three players and the Carolina coaching staff have been practicing in Raleigh, N.C.
The Hurricanes’ Raleigh group practiced at the RecZone in Raleigh on Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. and flew later to Ft. Myers. The Hurricanes will conduct practices Saturday morning and then hold a Red/White game Saturday night at 7:30 at TECO Arena. Forty players, including captain Ron Francis, Rod Brind’Amour, Jeff O’Neill, and goaltenders Arturs Irbe and Tom Barrasso will play in the game.
Fans will be asked for a $5 minimum donation to attend the game. The Hurricanes, Florida Everblades and TECO Arena will donate all proceeds from the game to the relief efforts associated with this week’s tragedies.
The National Hockey League has canceled Saturday’s preseason game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning at TECO Arena. The status of Sunday night’s game in Tampa between the teams has not been determined.