You’ve probably heard about the fire in downtown Raleigh last Thursday. (If not, where ya been?) Starting less than an hour after the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Minnesota Wild, it captivated television viewers around the Triangle late into the night, and even the Wild’s beat writer commented on it:
Can see the plume of smoke even from 3 1/2 miles away from my Raleigh hotel room pic.twitter.com/Rt6JWCxJub— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) March 17, 2017
But for one member of the Canes, it hit really close to home.
Justin Faulk lives in a condo downtown, very close to the location of the fire. Needless to say, as he told the N&O’s Chip Alexander, he didn’t get much sleep that night, being able to feel the heat from the inferno. His building was unharmed, and he was able to spend the night in his own bed, but it was certainly a close call.
A tragedy befell the local recreational hockey community on Monday evening. During a game at the Polar Ice House in Wake Forest, Michael Twiss, 56, collided with the boards and died after being taken to a hospital. The cause of death is still under investigation.
A fellow participant in the Ice House league has set up a GoFundMe page, which has already exceeded its target but is still accepting donations, a testament to the tight-knit fellowship that hockey fans and players have in this area. Canes Country and our staff offer our sincerest condolences to the Twiss family as they grieve Michael’s loss. [News and Observer]
The Edwards Mill Report
- Ron Francis joined Adam and Joe this afternoon to talk about - what else? - the goaltending situation, among other things. [WRALSportsFan]
- And at the same time, Jeff Skinner was a guest on NHL Network Radio’s Power Play. [SiriusXM]
- Yeah, it’s another goaltending story. [Technician]
- Eddie Lack has been working with a sports psychologist recently, which could explain his recent upturn in form. [News and Observer]
- “Eric Staal may be long gone, but he still casts a shadow on the Carolina Hurricanes franchise.” [North State Journal]
- Jaccob Slavin is good at hockey. The hockey media at large is finally picking up on this. [NHL.com]
- Silver Seven did a mock expansion draft, and (clickbait warning) You’ll Never Guess Who They Had The Golden Knights Selecting! [Silver Seven]
March Madness, NHL Style
- The Checkers have been busy with a couple of tryouts. First, they signed Gregor Hansen to a professional tryout contract on Monday. [Checkers]
- Then yesterday, Canes 2016 third rounder Hudson Elyunik signed an amateur tryout contract. Elynuik will join the Checkers for the remainder of the season, and he is in a bit of an odd spot: since he turns 20 before the end of 2017, he is eligible to play in the AHL next season, or he can return to Spokane for an overage year. [Checkers]
- Alex Daugherty from On The Forecheck made the eight-hour drive down I-40 from Nashville to watch the Predators lose to the Canes on Saturday. Here’s his diary of his weekend in the capital city. [On The Forecheck]
- The Canes aren’t the only ones dealing with goaltending issues. Jim Nill and the Dallas Stars say hello. [Dallas Morning News]
- So, is the NHL going to say thanks but no thanks to the Olympics? [Sportsnet]
This really needs no introduction.
front (l to r) Vanek, Michalek, E Staal, Horton, 2nd row Stone, Brown, Kastsitsyn, Fleury, Phaneuf, https://t.co/LAGe6ihFp7— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) March 21, 2017