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Here's the write-up on Karmanos' interview from nhl.com, Karmanos talks growth in Raleigh on NHL Hour

Excerpt:

Peter Karmanos clearly remembers the ridicule his organization received after it moved from Hartford to North Carolina in 1997. Attendance was poor as the team played its first two seasons in Greensboro while waiting for its new arena in Raleigh to be constructed.

Karmanos repeatedly heard that hockey wouldn't catch on in such a non-traditional market, but with the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover days away from facing off at the RBC Center, such a notion has been clearly disproved. The Hurricanes draw well and boast one of the loudest arenas in the League. This weekend, Raleigh is the center of the hockey universe.

"To me personally, I think it's always rewarding for the owner to be able to show off his market, show off our building, and have a chance to let the community respond on a national basis," Karmanos said on Thursday's "NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman."

"Our building is fantastic -- it's 12 years old now, but you'd think it had been opened a year or two at most. It's an amazing building to get in and out of, it has wide concourses, excellent sight lines from the seats. Everything is built close to ice, just the way a hockey arena should be."

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Jeff Skinner on CanesCorner w/Mike Maniscalco

Skinner a Big hit at the Bistro (Chip Alexander N&O)

Submitted by chipalexander on 01/27/2011 - 19:44

The Backyard Bistro has never needed a security detail for a Canes Corner appearance before, but it did Thursday night.

Jeff Skinner was in the house on Trinity Road, and the Canes rookie took it by storm. The place was packed well before 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. radio show, as if another Canadian celebrity — that teenage singer, what's his name -- was stopping by

"I love you Jeff!" a female fan shouted as he made his way to the stage for the show amid a big ovation. Skinner took it all in stride, smiling and thoughtfully answering the questions posed by Canes Corner host Mike Maniscalco.

Skinner, 18, will be playing in the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday and has called it "surreal." It seemed that way at the show, too. Just to his right was a big-screen TV showing the replay of the 2009 All-Star Game from Montreal, with Eric Staal and Rick Nash scoring goals.

Skinner said he doesn't remember watching the game, but at 16 could never have believed he'd be playing in the game two years later -- with Staal, with Nash. Probably would have thought he had a better chance of being the mayor of his hometown, Markham, Ontario.

Funny thing. Mr. Mayor, Frank Scarpitti, called the radio show to congratulate Skinner, to say how proud the home folks in Markham were of him. Said something about putting Skinner on the cover of the town magazine.

Skinner just smiled and took it all in, promising Scarpitti would get his vote in the next election — Skinner thought he wasn't old enough in the last one. During the commercial breaks in the show, he smiled a lot more as he signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans young and old.

"It has been kind of whirlwind," Skinner said both of the season and the last few days.

Asked about the biggest adjustments from going from junior hockey to the NHL, Skinner had the crowd roaring when he first said, "When September came around, I didn't have to go to school anymore." Spoken like a true teenager, yes?

The one-hour show over, Skinner stood for a few more photos and things were a bit frenzied. Security moved in and he was quickly ushered out of the Bistro.

Justin, er, Jeff had left the building.

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Monday 2/14

Joe Corvo guests with Scott Laughlin on The Power Play (NHL Network & @XMHomeIce) today at 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday 2/15

Rod Brind'Amour discusses his retirement on XM's @HTM_NHLHomeIce Tuesday at 9:45 am.

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From The Hockey News: Special Features

Carolina Hurricanes playoff hopes rest on the shoulders of goalie Cam Ward

THN's Ryan Dixon video

There is little doubt the Carolina Hurricanes would not be in the playoff hunt without the stellar play of former Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup winner Cam Ward.

Read on and watch video here

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ESPN the Magazine's article of Jeff Skinner comes out next week.

(Also a 360-degree portrait of Skinner will also be available on the iPad version of ESPN The Magazine under Other Stuff We Like)

Here's a preview from Mike Sundheim

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Chad Larose is a scheduled guest on NHL Live today at 1:20 (NHL.com, NHL Network, XM 204, Sirius 208)

Thanks for the alert, here's the link for those that missed it:

definitely worth a listen to :lol:

http://downloads.hurricanes.nhl.com/audio/interviews/nhllivelarose323.mp3

Canes rookie Jeff Skinner joins @hnicradio on Sirius 97 and 127 today at 4:45 p.m.

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Wow, Jeff Skinner gets some airtime on CNN:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX-LE0KWSwM

He'll be on NHL Live today at 1:05pm

(good for his PR for the Calder)

More Skinnermania:

Jeff Skinner doesn't turn 19 until May 16. He'll be in his 4th NHL season before he can buy a beer in the States.

Zero of 18-year-old Jeff Skinner's 29 goals this season are empty-net.

Per Elias, Sylvain Turgeon (40 in 1983) is the only rookie in franchise history to post a 30-goal season, Jeff Skinner could will be next.

And from the N&O:

Skinner Giving the Canes a Chance

Canes Keep Momentum with 6-2 Win over the Habs

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Jeff Skinner is on NHL Live today at 1:03 (NHL.com, NHL Network, XM 204, Sirius 208)

He was NHL's Player of the Night last night.

I don't know if anyone has mentioned this before, but the Canes are hanging on by their Skinner of their teeth

GO CANES !!!!

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Jeff Skinner is on NHL Live today at 1:03 (NHL.com, NHL Network, XM 204, Sirius 208)

He was NHL's Player of the Night last night.

I don't know if anyone has mentioned this before, but the Canes are hanging on by their Skinner of their teeth

GO CANES !!!!

Great minds think alike ;)

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