Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/30/07 at 08:20 AM ET
from the Toronto Star,
The city has embraced the reigning Stanley Cup champions, with 15 home dates so far drawing more than 18,000 fans to the RBC Center. That’s a far cry from last year when only seven of their first 25 home dates drew that many fans.
“Clearly, if you win the Cup, that’s the ultimate,” said president and general manager Jim Rutherford. “It makes your business run so much better.”
A testament to how much the fans in Raleigh have embraced the only pro sports team in town came earlier this week in a fundraising event. Traditionally the team raises about $30,000-$35,000 (all figures U.S.) on its casino night. The biggest draw is usually a trip for two with the Canes on a road trip, drawing about $3,000. This year the event raised about $150,000 with the road trip-winning bid topping $10,000.
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