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Hurricanes “Ice Man” Donnie MacMillian, 52, passes away

The Hurricanes organization got some bad news on Thursday night.  Donnie MacMillian, known as “Donnie Mac” passed away at the age of 52.  He was riding his mountain bike when he suddenly died.  According to the News & Observer, he was discovered by another group of riders, but it was too late. 

Donnie Mac was the ice tech and building superintendent at the RBC Center.  He was the only building superintnedent the RBC has ever had, and he’d been with the team even before the move to North Carolina.  He was hired as a Zamboni driver for the Hartford Whalers in 1993 after doing the same in the American League.  He moved with the team and was offered the position.  He was also given the opportunity to live at the RBC Center, which made it perfect for him.  Throughout every season, he literally lived in an RV in the parking lot of the RBC Center.

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RBC Center upgrade

Things have been kind of slow around here, but things are busy inside the RBC Center.  Obviously, it’s not the Stanley Cup Finals, but there’s some exciting stuff going on nonetheless.  Here’s a view of what looks mundane a couple of days ago. 

The RBC Center is finally getting rid of the Sony Jumbotron and they’ll be replacing it with a Daktronics HD videoboard.  The Jumbotron is only 10 years old, but the technology is way outdated.  The webcam image refreshes about every minute, and it’s starting to take shape pretty quickly.

The new board will not only improve the in-house viewing, but will also have benefits for television audiences as well.

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