CHICAGO - Are the Carolina Hurricanes gearing up for another basketball-themed Storm Surge?
Several Hurricanes played hoops on the court at United Center on Monday, a few hours before the Chicago Bulls of the NBA hosted the Milwaukee Bucks.
But defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who dunked a basketball during one of Carolina's signature postgame celebrations last March, said he was just working on his game.
How much work did he need? Let's just say Michael Jordan's basketball legacy in United Center is safe.
"I don't think I'm getting a tryout anytime soon," said van Riemsdyk, who estimated he shot about 50 percent from the field. "I'd like to think I'm pretty good at basketball, but then you go out and do that, the lights are extra bright out there and it didn't feel that great."
The shot of the day belonged to defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who hit nothing but net from half court.
The Hurricanes, who play the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, FS-CR, NHL.TV) worked on their basketball game before making the 10-minute walk to Fifth Third Arena for their on-ice workout.
"It gets pretty monotonous at times," van Riemsdyk said. "To be able to do something like that, get a little sweat and shoot on the court like that is nice. It's a little different than in your driveway."
Defenseman Joel Edmundson, who played his first four NHL seasons for St. Louis Blues, said the chance to shoot some hoops has dwindled since he was traded to Carolina on Sept. 24.
"I actually miss it," said Edmundson, who hit a three-pointer on the Bulls court. "My place back in St. Louis had a basketball court in my apartment building. So I would always have the guys over and we'd play basketball every day.
"I definitely miss that in Carolina, so it was nice to play yesterday with the guys."