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Press Release: PIPER RESIGNS AS HURRICANES EXECUTIVE VP OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

ARCHITECT OF “ALL-STAR CRUSADE” PURSUES CONSULTING OPPORTUNITY

RALEIGH, NC (Nov. 2, 2001) - Jim Cain, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that Executive Vice President of Business Operations Doug Piper is resigning from the organization to pursue a consulting opportunity. Piper, who had previously served as Executive Vice President of the Edmonton Oilers, joined the Hurricanes organization a little more than a year ago. His last day is today.

“To a great extent, the mission Doug was hired for has been accomplished,” Cain said. “This organization is on the right track and we owe him our gratitude. We wish Doug and his family absolutely the best.”

Piper was the architect of the widely publicized “All-Star Crusade,” the spring campaign to increase the Hurricanes season ticket base and bring the NHL All-Star Game to the Triangle. According to NHL reports, the Hurricanes had the highest percentage increase in ticket sales of any NHL team during the off-season. Carolina’s average attendance this season through the first nine home games has increased 16%, tied for third highest in the league with Edmonton.

Piper said, “It has been terrific working with the Carolina Hurricanes and contributing to the successes the team has experienced this last year. I have been convinced from the beginning that the Hurricanes and the Triangle have a great future together and I am proud to have been a part of the organization and the community.”

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