Carolina Hurricanes open season in Finland tonight. Return home October 27.

Posted on 10/07/10 No Comments

Courtesy of Chad LaRose greets Canes fans in Finland

Hockey season is underway!

Just not in Raleigh. Not yet, anyway.

The Carolina Hurricanes are opening the season today against Minnesota in Finland, which should feel like a home game to the Wild, given the weather patterns of where they call home. After a two game stand in Helsinki, the Canes blow back to the states for a five-game road tour, after which they return home on October 27 to face division rival and perpetual target of Caniac ire, the Washington Capitals.

The Hurricanes went from being one the league’s oldest teams to one of its youngest without the help of a plastic surgeon. (Surprising really, considering most hockey players’ amiableness toward stitches in the face.) They simply needed to let a couple of guys go and allow the retirement of gym rat and crowd favorite Rod Brind’Amour, who is now in charge of developing the team’s forwards and motivating middle-aged men everywhere to get off the couch. (That’s him on the right.) Good thing too, because it looks like the Canes will have a hard time finding gaps between the pipes this season.

Still, the team is anchored by Eric Staal and Cam Ward, 25 and 26 years of age, respectively. League honored and Stanley Cup winning, it’s hard to deny the strength these two will bring to the squad. A few of the younger lads, including Staal’s younger brother, Jared, were assigned to the team’s minor league franchise. Still, the team has only a couple of guys in their 30s. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

With the season underway, have a look at the Canes squad on this News & Observer slide show. You can also follow the team on

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