Forgotten Canes: Mike Commodore and his bathrobe.

Whether he is flying up the ice with his trademark red afro flowing behind him, warming up during the pregame of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his bathrobe, or continuing his personal feud through his entertaining Twitter Account ( seriously folks follow this guy on Twitter @Commie22) with Maple Leafs Coach Mike Babcock eccentric would be a fair word to describe Former Canes Defenseman Mike Commodore. Commodore signed with Carolina in 2005 after bouncing between the New Jersey Devils and Lowell Lock Monsters (AHL) the previous 2 seasons
A staple on the blue-line during the  Stanley Cup Championship of 2006, Commodore was a hard nosed stay at home defenseman Commodore was second amongst defenseman in points with during the magical season that was 2006. Commodore provided the physical presence needed serving 138 penalty minutes while remaining second on the team in +/- at 10.
In 2 two and a half seasons in Raleigh, Commodore appeared in 195 games ringing up 13 goals and 41 assists for a t…

The Carolina Hurricanes Booster Club: How Caniacs are helping the community

If you have ever attended a Hurricanes game at the PNC you have undoubtedly recognized the table adorned with pins, pom-poms, and manned by loyal Caniacs. That table belongs to the Carolina Hurricanes Booster Club, the official booster club of your Carolina Hurricanes. 
Founded in 1997 the booster club is an educational, charitable, and social organization designed to support the sport of ice hockey in North Carolina. Specifically by promoting a local interest in the Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Club through their activities and publications.
However, the real passion of the Carolina Hurricanes booster club lies within their charitable efforts within the community. The group has raised a significant amount of money each year for The Kids N Community Foundation, Triangle Special Hockey, and a Youth Hockey Scholarship through our Fan Favorite voting,  sales of pom-poms, beads, and pins at the games, and their annual jersey raffle.
Fan Favorite voting is a popular event amongst Canes Fans …

Ladies and Gentleman starting at Center #21 Ron Francis???

Last night at around 9 pm, my phone alerted me to the news that The Carolina Hurricanes have relieved Ron Francis of his duties as General Manager ( he will remain VP of Hockey Operations). While Francis has been responsible for drafting Canes Stalwarts Jaccob Slavin, Noah Hanifin and Sebastian Aho, his inactivity at the trade deadline, whiffing on Free-Agents such as Scott Darling, as well as failing to acquire a true number one center seemed to be what has done him in . Despite his lackluster success as the teams General Manager and his inability to provide the team with the tools needed to break the 9 year playoff drought in Raleigh. It can not be denied he still is arguably the greatest player to ever wear a Canes sweater. This is evidenced by the fact that in January 2006 the Carolina Hurricanes retired Ron Francis #10 Sweater and raised it into the Rafters of the PNC Arena. Yet Number 10 was not the only sweater he wore in Raleigh, he also wore number 21 and here is why?

Ron Fra…

My Military Moment AKA A Huge Faulk'n Night.

Some of you may know while others don't, but I recently retired from the United States Navy. The Carolina Hurricanes have teamed with Martin Marietta to have a military moment, where a veteran is honored on the ice during the pre-game festivities, and I was fortunate enough to be honored on February 18 on Military Appreciation Night of all nights. To make matters better Justin Faulk was involved in the ceremony

Unbeknownst to me I was nominated for this award some weeks prior, and when the team contacted me I was over the moon. The organization invited my wife, daughter, and I to see the Canes take on the New Jersey Devils. That was the best part because even though I have taken my wife and daughter in the past it was the first time we have all went as a family, and since I am a husband and
father before everything else, that was my favorite part of the evening.

When I made it to the ice I was presented with an encased American Flag while my awards were being read, and even made …

Bates Battaglia: More than just the hockey player from the Amazing Race.

When I told my beautiful wife that this weeks blog post would be on hard-nosed Canes Left-Wing and part of the famed BBC Line Bates Battaglia, she gave me the adorable look she always does thats says "good for you" while going about her business of wondering what type of overgrown ten-year old she married. However, being the amazing wife she is she humored me and when I showed her the picture of Bates and kid brother Anthony Battaglia she immediately remembered them from Season 22 of the Amazing Race. (pictured below)
However to the members of the Redvolution Bates Battaglia is remembered as 1/3 of the BBC Line that carried a 3 seed Canes team to the 2002 Stanley Cup Final. The Illinois Native was drafted in 1994 by the then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the sixth round. In 1997 he was traded to the then Hartford Whalers. After having a successful 1997-1998 season in New Haven of the AHL, Battaglia joined the Inaugural Canes roster, and began his NHL career.

Playing in 402 gam…

Caniac Collector Extra ! Canes Corner with Noah Freakin Hanifin

Hello Friends. I have always considered myself a husband and father before a hockey fan. With that being said last night I had the opportunity to take my daughter to meet her favorite player on the Canes Noah Hanifin. She has recently began attending Canes games with me and decided Noah Hanifin is her favorite Hurricane. "Why ?" you ask. Is it because he just made his first All-Star appearance? No it is not. Is it because he has the potential to be a great defenseman? That's a big negative. Is it because the share a birthday? Possibly, but no. It's because she thinks he is cute (If you listen carefully you can hear daddy's palm slap his forehead). As a parent I was a little nervous taking my child to meet her hero. I had a bad encounter with a favorite athlete of mine at a signing when I was a kid, and found it heartbreaking to realize someone could be so cold to their fans. Nevertheless I decided to take her and let it play out, and what we found out was the he …

Forgotten Canes: Willy and His Winning Ways

Before we knew Shane Willis as a Hurricanes Live stalwart along side the likes of  John Forslund Tripp Tracy, and T.V.'s Mike Maniscalco. He was a serviceable hockey player with a unique start to his career. Willis was originally drafted 56th Overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1995, after not being able to come to terms on a contract Willis returned to juniors splitting the 1995- 1997 seasons between the Prince Albert Raiders and Lethbridge Hurricanes on the Western Hockey League. Willis re-entered the NHL draft in 1997 and was selected 88th Overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Shane began his Rookie Season on fire with a hat-trick against the Washington Capitals on September 27,2000. Willis duplicated the Task on February 21in a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers. Willis Finished his rookie campaign with a 20 goal 44 point season.

 Injuries and inconsistency plagued Willis after his rookie season. His second season saw him traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning midway through it a…