Eric Staal Skates With His "Crew"

(Raleigh, NC.) Eric Staal and the Capital City Crew at the RBC Center on October 27, 2009.

Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal skated with the Capital City Crew Tuesday night at the RBC. "The Crew" is a group consisting of 32 underprivileged kids from Boys and Girls Clubs located all over Wake County.  Formed through a partnership among the Carolina Hurricanes, Raleigh Youth Hockey Association, the Boys and Girls Club of Wake Country, and the National Hockey League, the program consists of on ice practices, off ice training, and life skills sessions.  

The Crew is the first NHL "Hockey is for Everyone" team in the South and is very similar to other programs established in Pittsburgh, Boston, Minneapolis, and Newark.  Staal donated 20 full sets of equipment to the club in association with partner Nike/Bauer.  The NHLPA also contributed a $10,000 grant to the program through it's Goals and Dreams Foundation.

The participating kids named the team themselves and most of them had never skated before joining the program.  Now they can skate, shoot, pass, and enjoy scrimmaging each other.  Staal looked at the kid's team as a great opportunity for him to give back to the community.  He related to the need for new equipment because his younger brothers usually got his used stuff as hand-me-downs.  

The most important thing?  The kids are having fun, as you can see in the video after the jump when they mug Staal as he leaves the ice at the end of practice.

 

In related news, the Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation is set to donate $279,800 to 22 local charitable organizations.  The fall grant cycle is the first of two grant cycles for the 2009-10 season.    The generous donation amount is attributable to the tremendous support from the Carolina Hurricanes fans, players, and management through year long fundraising efforts at various events and auctions.

This is just one of the countless positive aspects of having an NHL team in the area.  For more information about how the team benefits the community, check out this article written in the summer of 2008.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Canes Country

You must be a member of Canes Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canes Country. You should read them.

Join Canes Country

You must be a member of Canes Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canes Country. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker