Forgotten Canes: Frantisek Kaberle and the Real Cup Clincher

Who really scored the game winning and cup clinching goal in game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final? Canes folklore will tell you it was current captain Justin Williams ( we have all seen the clip of him putting it into the empty net). However, the actual cup-clinching goal was scored Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle ! In the second period Kaberle put the puck past Jussi Markkanen to take the 2-0 lead that was never relinquished. That goal makes Kaberle the official cup clinching goal scorer.

Kaberle joined the NHL later than most rookies at the age of 25 when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1999 NHL draft 76th overall. Traded to the now defunct Atlanta Thrashers during the 1999-2000 Kaberle coincidentally enough scored his first NHL goal against the Carolina Hurricanes beating Arturs Irbe. Kaberle would remain with the Thrashers until after the season canceling lockout of 2004-2005. Prior to the 2006 NHL Season Kaberle brought his game to blue-line in Raleigh.

Kaberle dove …

Forgotten Canes: Trevor Kidd

Since 2006 up until 2018 the crease in Raleigh has been manned predominantly by Cam Ward. However, before Wardo took possession of the net a plethora of Canes Net Minders took their turn Manning the crease. One of the first to play goal upon the teams move to Raleigh was Trevor Kidd. He was also one of the few Carolina Hurricanes to be immortalized by 80's and 90's collectors staple Starting Lineup.

Starting Lineup was a staple of the 1980’s collectors Line-up, but by the time 1997 came around is was slowly becoming a thing of the past and When Todd McFarlane got the contract at the turn of the century it went the way of the Dinosaur. One of the few Canes to find themselves immortalized by Starting Lineup was Goalie Trevor Kidd. 
As For Kidd's Canes Career it was minimal to say the least. Playing 2 seasons (97-99) in Greensboro he appeared in 72 games posting a 28-31-9 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.43 goals a game average. Having been brought in before the 19…

Mr. Hurricane: Presenting the Case for Chad Larose

Over the course of hockey history many writers have debated who would be the historical face of each NHL Franchise. While the true topic of Mr. Hurricane would be hotly debated between Rod Brindamour, and Ron Francis with this writer giving the edge to the current Canes Bench Boss Rod Brindamour. I would like to propose a dark-horse candidate for Mr. Hurricane into the debate, that candidate is one Chad Larose.

     Now before the critics of the internet crucify me for sharing my opinion on my personal blog.( I mean how dare me right?) I would like to say that this assertion HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS. Chad Larose has the unique distinction of playing for every team in former Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Compuware Hockey Organization.

     After a sturdy USHL career with the Plymouth Whalers where he set a USHL single season goal record with 61. Larose went undrafted in the 2003 NHL Draft, and signed a free agent contract with the Hurricanes…

Don't Be A Complaniac: A Guide to the 2018-2019 Season


Forgotten Canes: Niclas "The Secret Weapon" Wallin

Hello Caniacs! First of all allow me to apologize for the time between blogs Hurricane Florence paid my part of the state a visit and stayed like an unwelcomed guest. We are still rebuilding and getting back to the new normal. However, I would like to thank the Carolina Hurricanes for doing all they could to raise awareness and money for the plight of Eastern North Carolina. Going as far as to give free tickets in exchange for canned goods, offer lower lever seats at a fraction of the price and welcoming and honoring 1000 first responders at the Home Opener against the Islanders.

While school is still out where I am out the County is raising money to help replace the school supplies of displaced children. Please consider donating by clicking here.

Now without further ado lets look at a forgotten Cane from times past!
Niclas Wallin was drafted by the Hurricanes out of the Swedish Professional leagues in the year 2000. At 25 years old Wallin was significantly older than your average NHL…

I AM A CHEATING PIG!!!!! Now the curious case of Erik Cole

Hello Caniacs I am back after a long hiatus and I come bearing a confession. I The Caniac Collector am a dirty rotten cheater! I have sinned against my beloved blog with another! I prostrate myself before you and beg for you forgiveness. I was briefly involved with another blog yet I swear it meant nothing. After I realized it would not work out due to differing views. I realized I missed my first love I have came crawling back on bended knee to my over 1000 faithful Caniac Readers!

Now that you have all forgiven me I would like to talk about a former Cane who also recently drew the ire of parts of the Redvolution with his comments about the recently departed Jeff Skinner (He was right)! So allow me to present to you the curious case of Erik Cole!
Drafted 71st overall in 1998 by the Carolina Hurricanes, Cole broke during the Stanley Cup Run season of 2001-2002. Logging action in 81 games and being the "C" on the famed BBC line, Cole logged 40 points(16 goals and 24 assists) …

Forgotten Canes: Kevyn Adams is The Third Man

Quick! Can you name the three Captains of the 2006 Stanley Cup Winning Carolina Hurricanes?  Well lets see there was that years Selke Winner Rod Brind'amour wearing the "C". Blue Line Leader and Defensive Stalwart Glen Wesley wearing one of the Alternates, now who was that third man? Was it the only Hall-of-Famer on the team Mark "Wrecking Ball" Recchi? No he was a mid-season acquisition. Ok then it must have been up and coming future captain and the teams leading scorer Eric Staal right? Wrong again! The answer you are looking for is Kevyn (not a typo) Adams.

Drafted by the Boston Bruins 25th overall in 1993, Kevyn Adams came to Carolina in a trade midway through the 2001-2002 NHL Season. Traded from the Florida Panthers along with Bret Hedican and Tomas Malec for Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ritchie, Adams became a fixture on a veteran laden team that would soon make a surprising Stanley Cup Final Run. Never a "star" in the NHL. Adams did the dirty wo…