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Tweetmail No. 113: Numbers, Names & Ice Cream

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on CarolinaHurricanes.com in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully, the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.

Let’s get to it.

Number news! I’ve got some.

One notable change from last year: Brett Pesce will align with his Twitter handle and switch from 54 to 22.

Now some numbers for the new guys. Teuvo Teravainen will keep the 86 he wore in Chicago, and Bryan Bickell will retain the 29 he wore there, as well. Lee Stempniak will don 21, Viktor Stalberg will sport 25 and Matt Tennyson will wear 26. Aleksi Saarela has claimed 19 and fellow Finn Sebastian Aho will wear 20. Finally, Dennis Robertson, now back in the organization, will wear Pesce’s old 54 (he was 38 in his first stint, the number now worn by Josh Wesley).

Speaking of new guys and new numbers, check out what just landed in The Eye team store.

This question is from a few weeks back, but we got a definitive answer this week when it was announced that Janne Kuokkanen, the Finnish forward who the Canes selected 43rd overall in last month’s NHL Draft, signed with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Kuokkanen was London’s first-round pick in the CHL Import Draft, and he’ll begin his journey to North America after logging 53 points (22g, 31a) in 47 games with Karpat’s Jr. club in the 2015-16 season.

With both Cam Ward and Eddie Lack under contract, it’s going to be tough for Alex Nedeljkovic to crack the Hurricanes’ Opening Night roster. It’s certainly not impossible – he could, for instance, have a wildly impressive training camp and preseason, or one of Ward or Lack could get injured. But considering the vast NHL experience ahead of him on the depth chart, it’s going to be tough.

At this stage in his career, as a first-year professional, it’s going to be important for Nedeljkovic to tend the nets on a regular basis. Alongside Daniel Altshuller, he is going to get that opportunity in Charlotte, where he will grow accustomed to the pro game and continue to develop as a young goaltender in this organization.

Great question! I’ve always opted for the Québécois flair: nih-COH-la wah. Indeed, that’s how Roy enunciated it for the handy CanesPR pronunciation guide and how I pronounced it for our Canes-themed spelling bee.

CanesVision sat down with a number of players during Prospects Development Camp for video featurettes. Roy was one of them, and he anglicized the pronunciation to NIH-kuh-luhs r-OY.

So, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. (I’m going to lean toward pronouncing it “wah.”)

I have a few. Cake batter or birthday cake is a solid flavor, though I prefer the mixes that keep it simple. No need for bits of cake in the ice cream; it’s unhealthy enough as it is with icing and sprinkles (and the ice cream itself). Cookie dough is also a slam dunk.

Cookies and cream is a go-to of mine, as well. It’s a press meal staple with the vanilla soft serve and Oreo cookie crumbles.

My favorite flavor, though, is a homemade recipe: Cheerwine ice cream. Cheerwine. Cherries. Ice cream. It’s delicious. Trust me.

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Join me next week for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you’d like answered or you’d like to discuss the wonderfully nostalgic and entertaining first season of “Stranger Things,” you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes or drop an email here.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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