Hurricanes Sign Ben Holmstrom To One-Year, Two-Way Deal

Ben Holmstrom in action (34) - Jeff Gross

Former Adirondack captain could replace Brett Sutter as Checkers captain

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The Carolina Hurricanes added more depth to the organization by signing Ben Holmstrom to a one-year, two-way deal today.  Holmstrom was the captain last season for the Adirondack Phantoms, in the Flyers organization.

Brett Sutter, who had been the captain of the Checkers, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild on July 1st.

The team's presser follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 4, 2014

‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH BEN HOLMSTROM

Center spent all of 2013-14 with AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Ben Holmstrom on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Holmstrom $600,000 in the NHL or $200,000 in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the 2014-15 season.

"Ben has served as Adirondack’s team captain and brings more veteran leadership to our system," said Francis.

Holmstrom, 27, completed his fifth professional season in 2013-14, appearing in 75 games with the Adirondack Phantoms. The Colorado Springs, CO, native totaled 13 goals, 19 assists (32 points) and 146 penalty minutes, ranking fourth among Phantoms skaters in points and fifth in goals and penalty minutes. Holmstrom (6’1", 197 lbs.) was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers on April 23 and served as a black ace during the team’s opening-round playoff series against the New York Rangers.

Signed by the Flyers a free agent following a four-year career at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Holmstrom made his NHL debut on March 3, 2011, and has appeared in seven career NHL games. He has served as Adirondack’s team captain for the past three seasons, and ranks third in Adirondack Phantoms history in games played (256), second in goals (49) and fourth in assists (73) and points (122).

For information about 2014-15 Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES (1-866-645-2263) or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/tickets.

BEN HOLMSTROM CAREER STATISTICS

REGULAR SEASON                         PLAYOFFS

YEAR                     Team                           LGE                            GP               G                  A                  TP                PIM                           GP               G               A               TP             PIM

2003-04              Sioux Falls                     USHL                           54               3                  5                  8                  53                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2004-05              Sioux Falls                     USHL                           15               1                  0                  1                  10                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2005-06              Sioux Falls                     USHL                           56               10               9                  19               115                           14               3               3               6               22

2006-07              U. Mass-Lowell           HE                             30               4                  9                  13               18                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2007-08              U. Mass-Lowell           HE                             37               7                  20               27               62                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2008-09              U. Mass-Lowell           HE                             38               6                  15               21               52                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2009-10              U. Mass-Lowell           HE                             39               9                  14               23               69                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

Adirondack                   AHL                            13               3                  0                  3                  9                              -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2010-11              Philadelphia                AHL                            2                  0                  0                  0                  5                              -                    -                 -                 -                 -

Adirondack                   AHL                            79               16               22               38               75                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2011-12              Philadelphia                NHL                            5                  0                  0                  0                  2                              -                    -                 -                 -                 -

Adirondack                   AHL                            67               15               26               41               134                           -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2012-13              Adirondack                   AHL                            22               2                  6                  8                  29                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2013-14              Adirondack                   AHL                            75               13               19               32               146                           -                    -                 -                 -                 -

NHL TOTALS (2 seasons)                       7                  0                  0                  0                  7                              -                    -                 -                 -                 -

AHL TOTALS (5 seasons)                       256            49               73               122            393                           -                    -                 -                 -                 -

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