I have finally returned from vacation and will try to get back into the swing of things around here as quickly as possible. A huge thank you to Cory and to everyone else who kept things busy during my absence.
Here are a couple of recent developments we have not officially discussed yet.
The partnership between the NHL and SB Nation continues to grow
The NHL has completely revamped their official fan page and it is definitely a big improvement. They now have links to each team's Twitter feed, RSS feed, and Facebook page, (if the team has one). They are also now featuring articles and stories from the SB Nation hockey blogs, with links to some stories from updated blogs near the bottom of the page. In the future, a few of of the best articles will be featured on NHL.com which is similar to what they did during the playoffs.
Team releases Caniac Carnival details
The Hurricanes have officially released the schedule for the Caniac Carnival on September 20th. Unlike in previous years when the team held a scrimmage or even a preseason game on the same day, this time they will just hold an open practice. But the always popular autograph sessions will remain.
• Sign-in for the Crazy Caniac Challenge Opens
|9:30 a.m.||• Autograph wristband distribution begins|
|10:00 a.m.||• Caniac Carnival Rides and Entertainment Begin
• Caniac Carnival Rides and Entertainment Begin
• Crazy Caniac Challenge (two laps around the RBC Center)
• Box Office opens
|11:00 a.m.||• Building opens for autograph session participants (wristband required)|
|11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m.||• RBC Bank Autograph Session|
|1:00 p.m.||• RBC Center opens for General Public|
|1:15 p.m.||• Select Players, coaches address the fans before practice (RBC Center lower bowl)|
|2:00 p.m.||• Carolina Hurricanes Open Practice|
|3:00 p.m.||• Caniac Carnival Rides and Entertainment End|
Some Canes hit the Ice for informal practice
Luke DeCock had a column in this morning's paper about how some of the Hurricanes would be skating a bit more frequently starting today. Rod Brind'Amour and Chad LaRose have been working hard all offseason.
The Rec Zone has time reserved for the Canes every weekday from 10-12. The skates are open to the public, so feel free to go watch them if you have the spare time. When they finish at noon, you may also be able to pick up an autograph or two.