Seen a few new names around here lately? We have added (count them!) 11 new contributors in the past month, promoted three folks to new positions, changed the carpet, put a fresh coat of paint on the walls, and all sorts of stuff, in our ongoing quest to make Canes Country the place with the best Carolina Hurricanes coverage anywhere in the whole entire world.
So, let’s meet these new folks! You already know Brett, who has been all over the place in the first week of training camp and who has already experienced the new writer hazing ritual of having a 1,000-word piece eaten by the SBN article editor. (It’s like he’s been here for years!) As for the others, let’s meet them in their own words:
- Andrew Ahr (andrewahr) Follow @andrew_ahr : I am a junior Computer Science major at Villanova University. I grew up in Raleigh and I've always been a big fan of the Hurricanes and the NHL as a whole. I love writing and I'm excited to cover my favorite team this year on Canes Country!
- Christian Candeloro (christiancandeloro) Follow @ChristianCande3 : I'm a senior at NC State University, studying sport management with a minor in journalism and coaching education. I'm originally from Ocean City, NJ and I'm down in North Carolina for school. I've worked for Technician, the NC State Alumni Association blog, NC State football, PrimeSport, a minor league soccer team and volunteered with the Hurricanes for game day promotions. Grew up a Flyers fan and have found a place in my heart for the Canes after going to so many games over the years.
- Peter Dewar (pdewar18) Follow @pdewar18 : I am in my final year of undergrad at UNC-Wilmington, majoring in communication studies and minoring in journalism. I have previously written for Fansided's "Union and Blue" (Blue Jackets) and "Cardiac Cane" (Hurricanes) websites, and have played ice hockey for 17 years, cheering on the Canes the whole way. I hope to work with the media department of an NHL team someday, and working with Canes Country and SBNation feels like the next step to take in my career.
- Cody Hagan (caniac88) Follow @Caniac88 : I am a recent graduate of East Carolina University (Go Pirates!) with a B.S. in Sports Studies and a Communications minor. Born and raised in Greenville, NC I have been a diehard Caniac since 2009. I worked for the Carolina Mudcats this past summer and am currently looking for my next step in the sports world, which is why I was interested in joining Canes Country!
- Andy House (DCBrave33) Follow @AndyH33 : I live in Raleigh, NC with my wife Casey and two dogs. I moved to 'The Triangle" in 2015 after 8 years living in Washington, DC., but I am originally from Georgia, where I graduated from Piedmont College in 2008. I played baseball in college, but I have come to love and greatly enjoy hockey. My wife and I are Canes Season Ticket Members, and I am very excited for the coming season!
- Matt Krombach Follow @mattkrombach : I currently serve as the sports intern at Appalachian State University's student-run radio station, WASU Radio, having experience sideline reporting for football games and appearing on a bi-weekly sports talk show. I’ve served as a contributor for Canes Country for three years and currently cover the Hurricanes for The Hockey Writers as well as writing for App State's newspaper, The Appalachian. This past summer I was an intern for the NC state-wide sports talk show, the David Glenn Show.
- Justin Lape (jlape91) Follow @LankyLape : I am currently a junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where I am pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies (Mass Media) with a minor in Journalism. I currently am a Radio Promotions Assistant for Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM, Guest Relations Game Day Staff for the Carolina Panthers and a Student Office Assistant for UNC Charlotte. I am one of the most passionate 'Canes alive but also their biggest critic. I will be covering the Checkers this season. Go Canes and go Checkers!
- Kevin LeBlanc (kleblanchockey) Follow @kleblanchockey : I have been involved with the Carolina Hurricanes now for nearly 20 years. I graduated from NC State and worked for the Hurricanes organization for three seasons in the Youth and Amateur Hockey department. Currently, I act as the Associate Editor for Dobber Prospects, as well as the Carolina Hurricanes prospect writer for DP. I also write the prospect-centered article "The Journey" for Dobber Hockey weekly. It's been a good year for me, as my beloved Cleveland Cavaliers finally broke my hometown's title drought, and I got married two months later. Looking forward to the upcoming season!
- Zeke Lukow Follow @zlukow : I have been a Carolina Hurricanes fan since they played in the Greensboro Coliseum. After graduating from James Madison University in 2012, I moved to Washington, DC where I have lived ever since. Despite living in enemy territory I have maintained my loyalty with the Canes and attend every game when they are in town.
- Danielle Pattee (NbrAska) Follow @NbrAska : I grew up in Raleigh, graduated from Western Carolina University in 2010, and currently live in Chapel Hill. Although I have been a Hurricanes fan for 17 years and I have worked to become an editor for 10 years, I didn't think these two worlds would ever meet. But here we are, and I'm very excited to bring my love of grammar and hockey together to help produce Canes Country!
- Mike Robinson (mrobinson2647) Follow @mrobinson2648 : I'm not the typical die hard Canes fan. I'm one of those really weird people who doesn't truly have a pro team that I truly root for, I just love sports in general, like to an unhealthy extent. I do however follow the Canes really closely, it started because I'm a big fan of Jordan Staal, and have just always loved the way they play hockey as a whole. I graduated college at FAU in South Florida in 2012 and currently live in New York City with my girlfriend. I have a pretty boring job working for a medical supply company and love spending time with my dog Fred when I'm not watching and reading about sports. Very honored to be writing for a respected site like CC.
We’ve put a Twitter list together so that you can follow all of our writers and editors, so subscribe to that, won’t you?
Thanks to all for their contributions. I’m really excited about this season, and we have a great group of folks who will be going all out to give you the Canes coverage you deserve!