RALEIGH (August 1, 2001) -- Carolina Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford today named defenseman Glen Wesley the organization’s team captain for the Hockey's All-Star Kids program.
"It's an honor anytime you get named to help out with any kind of charity, especially when kids are involved," said Wesley. "To see them battle any kind of disease - it's something you never want to see - but when they can battle it and get through it, those are the rewards that you like to see; kids getting better and going on to have a normal life."
Wesley is one of Carolina’s most involved players when it comes to charitable activities. Aside from participating in team-organized events, Wesley hosts five charities in his arena suite. Each charity takes in five games and enjoys visits from Stormy, the Hurricanes’ mascot and meet Wesley following games.
Along with his suite, Wesley donates his time and efforts to Camp Kaleidoscope, a camp for terminally ill children. Wesley is also an active supporter of Special Olympics.
"It's always been in my wife and my minds to get involved with different kinds of charities," said Wesley. "It's important to involve different kinds of kids from different environments and let them get out and get away from the hosipitals, burn centers and homeless shelters, enjoy themselves and have fun."
When Peter Karmanos, Jr. purchased the Carolina franchise following the 1993-94 season he named Rutherford Chief Operating Officer, President and General Manager. On Aug. 25, 1994 Rutherford made his first major transaction when he sent three first-round draft picks to Boston for Wesley, a solid and offensive-capable defenseman.
“Part of trading for Glen was not just his on-ice performance,” said Rutherford. “He’s such a good person. He cares about people – all kinds of people – and he’s very kind. He’s a great representative for any charity and our organization.”
Hockey’s All-Star Kids links the hockey community with the youngest victims of cancer and other diseases.
Carolina Hurricanes Website Reporter Kyle S. Hanlin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.