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Hurricanes invoke Jordan 'I'm back' release to announce Mrazek return

Team hypes up return of goalie by paying homage to NBA legend

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Carolina Hurricanes had a little fun with goalie Petr Mrazek's return to the lineup on Sunday.

The team invoked perhaps the most famous return in sports history, the un-retirement of Michael Jordan.

On social media, the Hurricanes drafted up a fake press release, nearly identical to the one sent out by Jordan back in March of 1995 ending his baseball-playing sabbatical and marking his return to the Chicago Bulls.

Tweet from @Canes: pic.twitter.com/teSeoqnRPh

Mrazek had not played since he injured his thumb, requiring surgery, in a game back on January 30. He was off to a red-hot start, posting a 0.99 goals against average and .955 save percentage in four games.

Mrazek's return on Sunday was as successful as can be for a goalie. He stopped all 28 shots he faced to earn the shutout in a 1-0 win against the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena.

Jordan, of course, has a connection to the North Carolina area. He played basketball for three years at the University of North Carolina in nearby Chapel Hill. Currently, he is the majority owner of the Hurricanes in-state NBA counterpart, the Charlotte Hornets.

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