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Carolyn Christians

  • joined Apr 18, 2009
  • last login Dec 19, 2013
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This Underdog image was made by my then-11-yr-old older son to put on the jerseys of the Roaddawg tournament he and his friends played in one year ("The Underdawgs"). Having watched the way the 'Canes were underestimated and given no credit throughout the '09 playoffs for weeks on end, I thought it seemed an apt avatar for blogging here.

Formerly a bona fide hockeymom, living in Chapel Hill with 2 sons (ages 12 and 16) and my 8 year old daughter. Both boys played a combined 9 years with the Hillsborough Sharks house League (affiliated w/ RYHA). I was delighted to serve as a team manager every year.

I also have a fishtank I write about from time to time. Note: Hockey tank was a casualty of the lockout.

My boys played at intermission as Mighty Mites at a 'Canes games, and my older boy was once a "Starter of the game", standing next to Ruutu while KK sang the Anthem. He also attended Canes camp where Ron Francis coached his team for the final game, with John Forslund doing the play-by-play. I think the accessibility of the Canes players within the community is one of things that has made me such a dedicated Caniac.

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User Blog

Canes Country Predictions for the 2011-12 Eastern Conference Rankings

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Most agree that the Canes need some help to make it to the playoffs this year. How do the Canes Country writers see all 15 teams ranked? With a look at the why's and wherefore's.

Clicks and Clippings: Calm before the Storm

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The Hurricanes are going through a re-set on and off the ice today, with 4 days till the 11-12 season goes "live" with the opening faceoff Friday night.

GameThread
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Canes @ Preds: Open Thread

Open thread is open as Carolina tries to finish the preseason on a positive note. Do drop in!

Clicks and Clippings: Seven days away

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Two more preseason games between now and the opener next Friday. News on the cuts made yesterday, player interviews and it'll be Frederik Andersen vs Henrik Lundqvist at 1pm today.

UPDATED with Official release; TSN's Bob McKenzie reports 7 Canes on waivers prior to AHL assignment

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Includes Sanguinetti, Justin Peters, Brett Sutter, Jerome Samson.

'Canes Training Camp Notes, Day 12: Headed to Manitoba

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For both forwards and defense, cuts are coming Thursday. Who gets a chance to "move the gauge" ?

Clicks and Clippings: Light day at the RBC

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Sounds like it was a light day at the RBC, but tomorrow you know the intensity will go up a notch as the final round of cuts loom and tough decisions will have to be made.

Winnipeg Jets at Carolina Hurricanes, in Charlotte, NC: Game Preview

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A bunch of firsts for Carolina hockey as the Canes are in Charlotte for the 5pm game as they welcome the Thrasher-Jets back to the Sunbelt. Link to the latest Printable Camp Guide too.

Clicks and Clippings: TGIF

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Tonight the Carolina Hurricanes host the Nashville Predators for the first preseason game in Raleigh this year. Sunday they'll be in Charlotte where they will play the Winnipeg Jets. We'll have a...

Wednesday's Training Camp Notes: Making the cut

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Another scrimmage today and some links on today's action in Raleigh.

Hurricanes re-assign six, Ryan Murphy remains in Raleigh

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Now there are 49 players remaining at Camp.

Canes Country Guide to Training Camp - updated Sept 20

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With the change in the training camp schedule to include scrimmages each of the next 3 days (noon today, 11am 12 Noon again Wed and - at least for the moment - 11am Thurs), we've updated the Guide to all 56 players and regrouped by position so you'll be ready if you can make it to any of these games or the Preseason opener Friday. Link to printable guide.

Clicks and Clippings: First look on the Ice

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The media tells us what those 3 90-minute sessions looked like. Plus a few camp previews, scrimmage plans, and Traverse City standouts.

Canes Country's Game Guide: Red vs White Scrimmage Edition

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Tomorrow's scrimmage game rosters have been announced. The Canes Country Guide is updated to show just who is teamed with who.

Hurricanes sign 2011 First-round pick Ryan Murphy to Entry Level Contract

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Following an impressive showing at the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament this week, the Hurricanes have signed their first round draft pick from earlier this year to a 3-year entry level...

Canes Country's Guide to 2011 Carolina Hurricanes Training Camp

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The Canes Country Guide to the 2011 Carolina Training Camp is here and ready to print as a downloadable 7 page .pdf. Names, the three groups, plus individual stats, notes and the Full Camp...

Hurricanes release 2011 Training Camp Roster

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There are 56 names on the list including 6 goalies, 19 defensemen and 31 forwards. Thirteen of the prospects from the week in Traverse City are included. Camp starts Friday morning.

Clicks and Clippings: Beauty of a weekend ahead

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With temperatures dropping, this weekend's Caniac Carnival will feel like October. Watching a Red & White scrimmage at the RBC Ctr at noon is what we've been waiting to see.

Gamethread for Traverse City Prospects Tournament: Hurricanes vs NY Rangers

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The Hurricanes prospects are on television at 3pm playing the Rangers squad (NHLNetwork). Carolyn is hosting the gamethread for discussion, hopefully a few goal cellies, and to answer any questions...

Clicks and Clippings: Travelin' shoes

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Manhattan, Traverse City, Minsk and Raleigh, Carolina hockey has connections around the globe. Plus roster projections and season previews.

Hockey's Future: Zac Dalpe tops list of Hurricanes prospects

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The writers over at Hockey's Future, including Canes Country's Cory Lavalette, have updated their rankings to include the additions from the 2011 Entry Draft. Here's the top 5 of 20 included in the analysis. Beyond Dalpe moving to #1, the new rating shows that 3 of the top 5 are defensemen. 1 - Zac Dalpe (C) 2 - Ryan Murphy (D) 3 - Justin Faulk (D) 4 - Brian Dumoulin (D) 5 - Victor Rask (C) Check out the whole list and the thinking behind the ratings here.

Clicks and Clippings: Lingering effects of Game 82

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Includes video from Media day with Jim Rutherford, Paul Maurice, Eric Staal and Cam Ward fielding questions.

Clicks and Clippings: Expectations and Eric Staal

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Updates on your Carolina Hurricanes as September approaches.

Clicks and Clippings: Hurricane forecasts

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As Irene nears our beautiful coast, tracking the latest hockey projections here in North Carolina.

Skinner, Harrison, Terry & Peters training at Exclusive Toronto Camp this week

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While the workouts with Pete Friesen continue in Raleigh, at least five members of the Hurricanes system are among the hockey elite working with Gary Roberts at "Biosteel Camp" this week. (inc Videos)

Fresh start in Raleigh: Familiar faces (and some new) at RCI Monday

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Some notes and lots of photos as hockey returns to Raleigh after the long hot summer.

Clicks and Clippings: Raleigh bound!

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With more and more of the Hurricanes returning to the Triangle daily, it's starting to feel a lot like hockey. Plus more from the hometown papers, news from Charlotte and Europe and around the puck...

National TV Broadcast Schedule for 2011-12 released

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The Carolina Hurricanes will appear four times on national broadcasts of Versus during the upcoming season. Boston Bruins at Carolina, Wednesday, October 12 Carolina at NJ Devils, Monday, November 8 Washington Capitals at Carolina, Monday, February 20 Carolina at NY Rangers, Tuesday, March 13 In addition they will be on CBC's Saturday night coverage when the Canes travel to Winnipeg on October 22, one of four games CBC broadcasts that night as part of Hockey Night in Canada. Finally TSN will carry 2 games with the Canes, in Montreal and in Edmonton, while the NHL Network (in the US) will broadcast 2 games in February. Carolina will not be part of any weekend broadcasts by NBC, who acquired Versus last April. Versus' full schedule is here.

Clicks and Clippings: Summer Holiday

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Teens at Camps from Lake Placid to Edmonton while the pros are in the thick of some grueling individual training regimens. With the summer winding down, the preparations for the season are in high...

2010-11 Canes Country Exit Analysis: Eric Staal

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As the most recognizable face of Carolina hockey, Staal "enjoyed" the privilege of the most scrutiny and most criticism whenever the team's results fell short. Life all alone in the spot light is...

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