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Press Release: HURRICANES SIGN FORWARD MIKE WATT TO A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

HAS PLAYED IN FOUR NHL SEASONS

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2002) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has signed forward Mike Watt to a one-year contract. As per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

“Mike is an experienced forward who can play both center and wing” said Karmanos. “He will provide added depth for our organization at forward.”

Watt (6’2’’, 212 lbs.) has played four NHL seasons with Edmonton, the New York Islanders and Nashville. In 152 career NHL games, he has totaled 41 points (15g, 26a), with his best season occurring in 1998-99 with the Islanders when he tallied 25 points (8g, 17a) in 75 games. Watt, 26, played last season with Philadelphia of the American Hockey League. He totaled 24 points (11g, 13a) in 53 games and missed part of the season due to injury. A second round draft choice (32nd overall) of the Edmonton Oilers in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Watt tallied 118 points (56g, 62a) in 115 collegiate games at Michigan State.

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