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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC (Oct. 5, 2001) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the signing of goaltender Arturs Irbe to a three-year contract extension. As per club rules, no terms were announced.

Irbe, 34, is entering his fourth season with the Hurricanes. He has been the mainstay in goal for Carolina, playing 214 regular season games during his tenure. Irbe has compiled a 98-77-30 record, 2.38 goals against average and .917 save percentage.

“This solidifies our goaltending for the next few years,” said Rutherford. “Archie has been a very good goalie for us the last few years and deserves this contract. I’m pleased he’s staying with us for a long time.”

Irbe has been one of the league’s iron men between the pipes. He has played 12,394 minutes in net the past three seasons and played a league-high 77 games last season, which tied for the second-most games played in league history. He was 37-29-9 with a 2.45 GAA, with his 37 wins tied for third best in the league.

In his 10 NHL seasons, Irbe has played 473 games and has appeared in more than 60 games in a season four different times. Originally a 10th-round pick of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Irbe is 186-191-65 with a 2.85 GAA. He signed as a free agent with Carolina on Sept. 10, 1998 and holds team records for most career shutouts (17), most shutouts in a season (6), most wins in a season (37), most minutes played in a season (4,405), best career winning percentage (.551), most consecutive games played (40) and longest undefeated streak (9, 8-0-1). His 2.38 goals against average with the Hurricanes is second best behind Trevor Kidd’s 2.34.

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