RALEIGH, NC (Oct. 2, 2001) - Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced that the team has made a couple of moves to get its roster down to the 23-man limit heading into the season opener Friday, Oct. 5 against the New York Rangers at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.
The Hurricanes assigned center Byron Ritchie to the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League. Ritchie, 24, had one assist in six preseason games.
Carolina returned rookie defenseman Igor Knyazev to Spartak of the Russian Division I League for this season. Knyazev, 18, was the Hurricanes’ first-round pick (15th overall) in June’s NHL Entry Draft, but suffered from a back injury and did not play in any of Carolina’s six preseason games.
Left winger Chris Dingman will start the season on the Injured Reserve List with a groin injury. Dingman, 25, was acquired by Carolina from the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche on June 24 for a fifth round pick in June’s draft. He played in two preseason games and had five penalty minutes before suffering his injury on Sept. 26 at Atlanta.
. 2001-02 ROSTER (with bio links)
|2001 CAROLINA HURRICANES OPENING NIGHT ROSTER|
(as of Oct. 2, 2001)
|1||IRBE, Arturs||G||5-8||190||L||Riga, Latvia||02/02/67|
|35||BARRASSO, Tom||G||6-3||210||R||Boston, MA||03/31/65|
|2||WESLEY, Glen||D||6-1||205||L||Red Deer, Alb.||10/02/68|
|4||WARD, Aaron||D||6-2||225||R||Windsor, Ont.||01/17/73|
|5||MALIK, Marek||D||6-5||235||L||Ostrava, Czech||06/24/75|
|7||WALLIN, Niclas||D||6-3||220||L||Fors, Sweden||02/20/75|
|8||OZOLINSH, Sandis||D||6-3||205||L||Riga, Latvia||08/03/72|
|10||FRANCIS, Ron||C||6-3||200||L||Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.||03/01/63|
|11||DANIELS, Jeff||LW||6-1||200||L||Oshawa, Ont.||06/24/68|
|13||BATTAGLIA, Bates||LW||6-2||205||L||Chicago, IL||12/13/75|
|14||HALKO, Steve||D||6-1||200||R||Etobicoke, Ont.||03/08/74|
|16||WESTLUND, Tommy||RW||6-0||202||R||Fors, Sweden||12/29/74|
|17||BRIND'AMOUR, Rod||C||6-1||200||L||Ottawa, Ont.||08/09/70|
|20||LANGDON, Darren||LW||6-1||205||L||Deer Lake, NF||01/08/71|
|21||HOLDEN, Josh||C||6-2||200||L||Calgary, Alb.||01/18/78|
|23||GELINAS, Martin||LW||5-11||195||L||Shawingan, Que.||06/05/70|
|24||KAPANEN, Sami||LW||5-10||180||L||Helsinki, Finland||06/14/73|
|25||WILLIS, Shane||RW||6-0||185||R||Edmonton, Alb.||06/13/77|
|26||COLE, Erik||LW||6-0||185||L||Oswego, NY||11/06/78|
|27||ADAMS, Craig||RW||6-0||200||R||Calgary, Alb.||04/26/77|
|45||TANABE, David||R||6-1||195||R||White Bear Lake, MN||07/19/80|
|63||VASICEK, Josef||C||6-4||200||L||Havlickuv Brod, Czech.||09/12/80|
|92||O'NEILL, Jeff||LW||6-0||195||R||King City, Ont.||02/23/76|
|19||DINGMAN, Chris*||LW||6-4||225||L||Edmonton, Alb.||07/06/76|