Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/30/07 at 07:04 PM ET
from the News & Observer,
Ten years ago Monday, the Hurricanes played their first regular-season game as a franchise, a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two days later, hockey hit North Carolina full-force when the Hurricanes hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Greensboro Coliseum….
For fans used to seeing ACC Tournament basketball, hockey was an adjustment. At one point, the crowd chanted “de-fense” when the Penguins had the puck.
But if North Carolina was getting used to the NHL, the NHL had to get used to North Carolina, too. As the Hurricanes left the ice, they were showered in beer as fans threw their cups on the ice—a tradition left over from Greensboro’s minor-league days.
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