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Hurricanes to Pick 28th in 2019 NHL Draft

League-high 10 picks currently belong to the Canes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The order of the 2019 NHL Draft is officially set, and the Carolina Hurricanes own the 28th overall selection in the first round.

After qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 10 years, the Hurricanes were not a part of the draft lottery process, which landed them the second overall pick just a year ago. One of four teams left standing in a magical run to the Conference Final, the Canes will be the first of the final four teams to select in the first round this year.

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Hurricanes Honored at North Carolina Executive Mansion

Gov. Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper celebrate the Canes' 2018-19 season

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

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.

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Hurricanes Announce 2019 Exhibition Schedule

Carolina will face Nashville, Tampa Bay and Washington

by Canes PR @NHLCanes / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - The National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes today announced the team's 2019 exhibition schedule. Carolina will play six exhibition games prior to opening the 2019-20 regular season, including three games at PNC Arena. Ticket information will be announced in the near future.

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Mike Bales Resigns as Goaltending Coach

by Canes PR @NHLCanes / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Mike Bales has resigned his position as goaltending coach. The team will immediately begin its search for a new goaltending coach.

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Carolina Hurricanes Foundation Announces 21st Annual Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament tees off Sept. 9

by Canes PR @NHLCanes / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes Foundation today announced plans for its 21st annual Carolina Hurricanes Foundation Golf Tournament to be held on Sept. 9. By raising funds through events like the Golf Tournament, the Foundation awarded $450,000 to 25 different children's charities and youth hockey organizations in 2018-19.

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Charlotte Checkers Win Calder Cup

Checkers top Wolves 5-3 in Game 5 to capture first championship

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Charlotte Checkers are Calder Cup champions.

The Checkers bested the Chicago Wolves by a 5-3 score in Game 5 to capture their first ever American Hockey League championship title. After dropping Game 1 of the Finals in overtime, the Checkers went on to win four straight games, including the last three on the road, en route to the Calder Cup.

"We want to win no matter what. We want to develop, and we want to win. You develop winners. That's what's going to help you at the next level," head coach Mike Vellucci said earlier in the series. "It's great to develop, and we also want to win."

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June Hockey Thriving in North Carolina

Electric atmosphere at Bojangles' Coliseum in Calder Cup Finals

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

CHARLOTTE - Cowbells clanked in the parking lot long before the doors to Bojangles' Coliseum opened on a balmy, sunny June afternoon.

Grills dotted jubilant parking lot tailgates, the smells of freshly seared hamburgers and hot dogs wafting through the springtime air.

Once inside the Coliseum, a line for Charlotte Checkers merchandise snaked around the concourse. Hamilton the Pig's wagon journey to his rinkside home was a stop-and-go affair, as fans posed for pictures with the good-luck swine.

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Checkers Win Game 2 to Even Calder Cup Finals

Checkers bounce back to score 5-3 win at home

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

CHARLOTTE - Just moments after an inauspicious bounce spelled an overtime loss for the Charlotte Checkers in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals, they vowed that Game 2 would be different.

It wasn't as much a guarantee of victory as it was a guarantee of response. After all, the Checkers had not lost consecutive games since Feb. 9-10. 

Consider the response delivered. The Checkers bounced back with a 5-3 win in Sunday's Game 2. Tomas Jurco's goal late in the second period was the difference-maker, and Dustin Tokarski improved to an unblemished 11-0-0 with the Checkers, while allowing just 13 total goals in that stretch.

"I think we were a little harder to play against. We worked really hard," Jurco said. "Today, it went our way, and we're happy."

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Checkers Not Hanging Heads After Game 1 OT Loss

Young squad takes lessons learned out of first-ever Calder Cup Finals appearance

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

CHARLOTTE - In the third period of Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals with the score tied at three, the Charlotte Checkers found themselves hemmed in their own end.

Thirty seconds turned into a minute turned into 90 seconds turned into upwards of two minutes.

The Chicago Wolves worked the puck around the perimeter as if they were orchestrating a power play. They thwarted attempted clears at the blue line and retrieved pucks in the corner with a dogged attitude.

The Checkers' five-man unit was gassed, but they weren't exactly scrambling. They were disciplined and committed to their defensive zone structure.

"Bend but don't break," Checkers head coach Mike Vellucci said after the game.

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Canes Sign Luostarinen to Entry-Level Contract

Forward won gold with Finland at 2019 IIHF World Championship

by Canes PR @NHLCanes / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Eetu Luostarinen to a three-year, entry-level contract, beginning with the 2019-20 season. At the NHL level, Luostarinen will be paid $750,000 in 2019-20 and $832,500 in 2020-21 and 2021-22. The deal pays him $70,000 annually at the AHL level and he receives a signing bonus of $277,500.

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