HURRICANES HOST RANGERS OPENING NIGHT ON OCT. 9
RALEIGH, N.C. (July 10, 2002) – Jim Rutherford, CEO and General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, today released the team’s schedule for the 2002-03 regular season. Carolina will open the franchise’s sixth season in North Carolina and 24th in the NHL on Wednesday Oct. 9, 2002 against the New York Rangers at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Face-off is set for 8 p.m.
Carolina will play 22 of its 41 home games on the weekend, including 12 games on Friday nights. The Hurricanes will have a nine-game homestand through late October and early November, including weekend games against the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Hurricanes host a rematch with the Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings on Friday, Nov. 29. Carolina will also play the New York Rangers on New Year’s Eve at the Entertainment & Sports Arena and the Washington Capitals on Valentine’s Day in Raleigh.
Breaking the home schedule down by day, the Hurricanes will play three games on Monday night, seven games on Tuesday night, seven games on Wednesday night, two games on Thursday night, 12 games on Friday night, five games on Saturday night and five games on Sunday. With the exception of opening night and a 7:30 start against Toronto on Jan. 29, the Hurricanes will begin all weeknight and Saturday home games at 7 p.m. Three of Carolina’s five Sunday home games will begin at 1:30 p.m., with the Jan. 12 home contest against Colorado starting at 5 p.m. and the April 6 regular season finale against the New York Islanders starting at 3 p.m.
Carolina will play its Southeast Division foes five times each with three home games against Washington and Tampa Bay during the 2002-03 season. Carolina will play two games at home and two games on the road against each team in the Atlantic and Northeast Divisions. Carolina will face seven of the 15 teams from the Western Conference twice. The Hurricanes will not play host to Nashville, San Jose, Edmonton and Calgary, and will not travel to Detroit, Chicago, Colorado and Vancouver.
The All-Star break will take place Feb.1-2 with the All-Star Game taking place Feb. 2 at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Fla.
The Hurricanes will open training camp on Sept. 12 in Raleigh. The Hurricanes will practice from Sept. 12-18 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena before traveling to Ft. Myers, Fla. on Sept. 19 for the beginning of the exhibition schedule which begins with a game against the Florida Panthers at National Car Rental Center on Sept. 20. Following their preseason game at Tampa Bay on Sept. 25, the Hurricanes return to Raleigh for the remainder of training camp. The Hurricanes will play three preseason games in Raleigh: Friday, Sept. 27 vs. Philadelphia, Saturday, Sept. 28 vs. Washington and Wednesday, Oct. 2 vs. Atlanta.