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Draft Preview: Canes Bring League-High 10 Picks to Vancouver

Canes hold four draft picks in the top 59

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2019 NHL Draft.


The Carolina Hurricanes are in a rather unique position heading into the 2019 NHL Draft.

The Hurricanes were one of the final four teams left standing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and because of that, they're slated to pick 28th overall in the first round.

That's not the unique aspect, though it is the deepest first-round selection the Hurricanes have owned in 10 years.

What is unique is that the pick is the first of a league-high 10 selections the Hurricanes currently own. Four other teams - the Devils, Kings, Red Wings and Canadiens - also bring 10 picks into this weekend, but none qualified for the playoffs.

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Busy Weeks Ahead for Canes

Decisions to be made with draft, free agency ahead

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Summer officially begins on Friday, June 21, but summer vacations will have to wait for the Carolina Hurricanes, who have a busy couple of weeks in front of them.

But before we look ahead to a frenzied schedule that packs the NHL Draft, a schedule release, Prospects Development Camp and free agency, among other highlights, into just a couple of weeks, let's first look back on the month since the Hurricanes bowed out in the Eastern Conference Final.

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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

Visit Hurricanes.com/Draft for the latest news, videos and pick-by-pick information in the 2019 NHL Draft.


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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