SPENT 2002 SEASON WITH FLORIDA OF ECHL
RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 14, 2002) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has signed goaltender Randy Petruk (PEHT-ruhk) to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We believe Randy has the potential to be an NHL goaltender someday,” said Karmanos. “He took an important step last year staying healthy and having a solid year start to finish with Florida. We expect him to compete for the starting goaltending position with Lowell this year.”
Petruk (5’9’’, 175 lbs.) enters his fifth professional season in the Hurricanes organization. He was 27-18-5 with a 2.72 goals against average and three shutouts with Florida of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) in 2001-02. A native of Cranbrook, B.C., Petruk has played in 35 games with the Hurricanes’ top minor league affiliates in New Haven and Cincinnati, tallying a record of 17-12-4-5 with a goals against average of 3.44. He did not make an appearance with the Hurricanes’ current top minor league affiliate in Lowell of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2001-02, but did serve as the Hurricanes’ backup netminder for Carolina’s game on Jan. 20 at Tampa Bay. Petruk, 24, was acquired by the Hurricanes from Colorado on June 1, 1998 in exchange for Carolina’s fifth round choice (William Magnuson) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.