Inside the library of the ornate North Carolina Executive Mansion is a clue about the personality of its 30th resident.
In front of the windows along the back wall is a framed display that includes the iconic photo of the Carolina Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup Championship team alongside photos of Gov. Roy Cooper and his family with the Stanley Cup.
North Carolina's 75th governor is a proud fan. He was at the then-RBC Center on June 19, 2006, standing for the entirety of Game 7 in what he calls "the greatest sporting experience of [his] life." Nearly 13 years later, he shared in the jubilation of a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Hurricanes' locker room after their win over New Jersey in early April.
And on Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Cooper, who has "Carolina Hurricanes Fan" listed in his Twitter bio, and First Lady Kristin Cooper, who was outfitted in a red Sebastian Aho jersey, celebrated the Hurricanes' 2018-19 season with an intimate gathering at the Executive Mansion.