A source close to the Carolina Hurricanes told me a week ago or so that an announcement was coming soon about Raleigh and the Hurricanes hosting the 2011 NHL All-Star game. More and more signs point to that announcement coming tomorrow.
According to Dan London, John Forslund all but announced it on ‘620 the Buzz’ in Raleigh this morning. Add that to what my source told me as well as the fact that Gary Bettman will host a press conference regarding future NHL All-Star Games in Raleigh on Thursday and you can put two and two together. This will be a great thing for Raleigh who also got a fantastic music festival in the fall.
Actually…it’s Eric Staal bobblehead night at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC tonight as the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Ottawa Senators. To me however, this looks a bit more like Spencer “King of all things Douche” Pratt(although I’m told looks more like Staal in person). Staal is of course deserving of a bobblehead in his honor as he is the Canes’ captain, led them to a Stanley Cup championship, and just won a gold medal playing for his home country of Canada. Pratt, not so much.
There are other reasons to head out to the RBC tonight if you’re in Raleigh and looking for something to do. For one, you can check these out. The Hurricanes just happen to have players who played for Finland(bronze), USA(silver), and Canada(gold) in the quite popular Olympic hockey tournament. Those medals will be on display and you can even have your picture taken with them.
Secondly, the Hurricanes team taking the ice tonight will be just a bit different than the one from a couple days ago. The Canes were quite busy before yesterday’s NHL trade deadline and in the process positioned itself for a strong future push. Below, is breakdown of the action.