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My kids are out of school for spring break we are going to Williamsburg for a couple of days. I was getting my stuff out to pack, so I found a Canes shirt/sweatshirt for each day I'm going to be gone. My wife rolled her eyes and said I'd need something nice to wear to dinner one night, so I pulled out my Stanley Cup Champions polo shirt. She was not amused, but "that is the way I roll". Gotta represent.

Go Canes

I can dig it! :)

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My kids are out of school for spring break we are going to Williamsburg for a couple of days. I was getting my stuff out to pack, so I found a Canes shirt/sweatshirt for each day I'm going to be gone. My wife rolled her eyes and said I'd need something nice to wear to dinner one night, so I pulled out my Stanley Cup Champions polo shirt. She was not amused, but "that is the way I roll". Gotta represent.

Go Canes

So you will be in my neck of the woods. I work for a bank in Colonial Williamsburg.

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We do the season tickets at Busch Gardens every year. It is about the same as paying for 2 days. You have to love an amusement park that runs on beer. They don't do the tours of the brewery anymore...bummer. You used to get free beer on the tour. I guess liability stopped that.

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It's time for Roomba hockey!

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I think I'll start watching C/league hockey at the Rec Zone.

ha! thats a funny pic! now get 2 more of those things, put up the one that has the canes sticker on it, put a caps sticker on one and a panther sticker on the other and watch the one with the panther sticker not move. :D

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ha! thats a funny pic! now get 2 more of those things, put up the one that has the canes sticker on it, put a caps sticker on one and a panther sticker on the other and watch the one with the panther sticker not move. :D

There's an Oiler fan on another message board who's part of the league. I had a Panther one, I had to throw it away because it shorted out from all the crying and whining. :lol:

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i felt miserable, didnt feel like going out friday, then my parents came up for the day saturday, and we went to lunch at a bar in downtown raleigh. what was on tv as i arrived? game 7 of the 2006 stanley cup finals. i felt MUCH better.

then saturday night, my buddies bill self and bacardi [right, JohnG?]made me feel like heaven.

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i felt miserable, didnt feel like going out friday, then my parents came up for the day saturday, and we went to lunch at a bar in downtown raleigh. what was on tv as i arrived? game 7 of the 2006 stanley cup finals. i felt MUCH better.

then saturday night, my buddies bill self and bacardi [right, JohnG?]made me feel like heaven.

lol if only that solved everything...

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What I'm doing to get over this:

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Why, that looks like my Friday night after the game! :)

Yeah, I went to the bar after the game with some other Caniacs to help alleviate the sting (and boy, did I go home on the opposite end of sting!). Then I saw Run Fat Boy Run on Saturday to lift my spirits a bit. I think the only thing that is making this bearable is the fact that I keep reminding myself of our season that shall not be named. Once I think of that, missing the playoffs this year pales in comparison. But that's IMO.

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Well, this morning I grabbed my black Hurricanes coat as I headed out the door and thought to myself "should I be embarrased to wear this" and immediately responded "heck no" this is my team my tradition and I'll still wear it with pride as I enjoy that bottle of Jim Bean I'm hoping JohnG will share. lol!

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Venting on these message boards is helping me deal with the dramatic end to our season. It is so nice to share my thoughts and feelings with others who are hurting just as much. Canes hockey is my passion. That hockey commercial about hockey almost being a religion to some fans really rings true for me. My home office is decorated with Canes posters and I have memorabilia all over the room. I will still enjoy watching the playoffs because I love hockey and there is nothing like playoff hockey!!!!

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That is hilarious, SuperDave!!!

What I've been doing:

1) Homework <_<

2) Playing street hockey in all 3 of my jerseys (alternating each "period", of course!)

3) Playing NHL08 and making the playoffs there!!!!!

4) Looking at some old, good time momentos I'll share with you now:

hurricanes%20004.jpg Funny, Glen's tie is the same color as his hair!! LMAO!!

President Bush Welcomes Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes

East Room

2:13 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. Have a seat. It's a pretty big deal for a guy that doesn't know how to ice skate -- (laughter) -- to welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the White House. We appreciate you coming. You know, I'm not sure what is prettier, the Stanley Cup, or Mike Commodore's hair. (Laughter.) A little disappointed you got a haircut. (Laughter.) But, welcome.

20070202-7_p020207pm-0235-345v.jpg MR. COMMODORE: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: The other thing I was a little surprised to see that he's not wearing his robe. (Laughter.)

At the start of this season, this team was ranked 28th out of 30 teams. I like to be around people that keep expectations low. (Laughter.) Instead of listening to the prognosticators, this team had a 112-point season. They had 52 wins. They win the Stanley Cup. They're here at the White House. Congratulations to you. (Applause.)

I congratulate the owners, Peter Karmanos, and his son, Jason. I'm sorry that Peter is not here. I understand he had an operation, and we send very best wishes. I thank Jim Rutherford, the President and General Manager of the team. The guy has got a lot of -- he's a pretty aggressive guy. I just met him, and he said, I saw Barney outside; you're feeding him too much. (Laughter.) Probably right.

I welcome the Captain of this team, Rod Brind'Amour, and the players. I welcome their families. If your families are here, I want to thank you very much for enduring a long season. It's pretty hard to be married to a hockey player that's on the road a lot. But I know that you bring inspiration to the players. I appreciate the Coach. Peter, you've done a heck of a good job. It's not easy to be a coach of a successful team, and I appreciate the spirit that you brought to this club. Mr. Commissioner, thank you for coming. I'm proud that you're here. I really thank you for taking time, you and Bill taking time out of your day to be here. And Bernadette Mansur, who is with us, as well.

I want to thank all the people associated with this club. I particularly want to pay tribute to the equipment managers and the locker room people. Players get all the credit and all the glory, but they would tell you firsthand, they wouldn't be able to skate every day if somebody wasn't there making sure that the uniforms were ready and doing all the hard work. The games end late. These folks are toiling long into the night, preparing for the next day's practice. And so we welcome not only the players and the management and the coaches and the families, but all those who make a successful franchise run. We're really glad you're here at the White House.

You got a lot of fans here in Washington, D.C. I know you got a lot of fans in Carolina. But you've got two United States Senators who've come to greet you -- Senator Dole and Senator Burr. Thank you for coming. And Congressman Howard Coble. What's that hat say? That's a championship hat?

20070202-7_p020207pm-0214-250h.jpg CONGRESSMAN KOBLE: Championship hat.

THE PRESIDENT: Fine looking lid, isn't it? (Laughter.) I thought you might be wearing that to cover up your bald head. (Laughter.) Yes. (Laughter.) Now you know what I'm talking about. (Laughter.)

I appreciate very much the rest of the National Hockey League personnel who've joined us. I want to welcome the young hockey teams that are here, the local youth teams. Virginia state teams. Good. Well, we're glad you're here. Thanks for coming to see what champs look like. (Laughter.) And so the idea is to skate hard, work hard, and make the right choices and someday you'll be standing up here at the White House. I'm probably not going to be here. (Laughter.)

A lot of Americans don't know this, but the Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy in professional sports. It's also one of the toughest trophies to win. Listen to this, it takes four rounds in the playoffs, 16 wins, before an NHL player can skate with the Stanley Cup.

It's unique in another way. It is the only professional sports trophy that every player on the championship team gets to take home for a day. And this cup has had some amazing experiences. (Laughter.)

It's been to the top of Mount Elbert in Colorado. It has taken a roller coaster ride at Universal Studios. (Laughter.) It's been used as baptismal font, a popcorn holder, -- (laughter) -- a feed trough for a winner of the Kentucky Derby. Players have tested its buoyancy by throwing it into pools and lakes. It does not float. (Laughter.) The cup -- this may be hard for you to believe -- but it has been to a lot of bars. (Laughter.) In case you're wondering, it holds 14 cans of beer. (Laughter.)

Hurricane players took the cup on many adventures. It went to Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, the Czech Republic, of course, Canada and the United States.

Goalie Cam Ward took the cup home to Canada and he ate some corn pops out of it. (Laughter.) And then he took it to visit his grandmother, and the other residents at the seniors home where she lives. He used the cup to bring some joy in people's lives.

Other players did the same thing. Several players took the cup to children's hospitals in their home towns. A captain of the team brought the cup to a charity golf tournament, where he helped raise $112,000 for the fight against cystic fibrosis. Defenseman Glen Wesley took the cup to the Wounded Warriors Barracks at Camp Lejeune. Here's what he says: "What better way to thank the troops who fight for our country and defend our freedoms." And I appreciate you doing that, Glen.

20070202-7_p020207pm-0239-250h.jpg A lot of people inspired the Carolina Hurricanes on their way to victory, but none more than a young girl named Julia Rowe. Julia lives just down the street from the Coach, they're buddies. As the playoffs approached, she learned that she had suffered a relapse of childhood leukemia and would have to undergo intensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Inspired by Julia's fight, these tough guys launched a campaign to raise money and awareness for the fight against leukemia.

Julia followed every moment of the Stanley Cup finals from her bed in Duke University. She got to join the team on the victory parade. The Coach reports that today she's back home and doing well. She's incredibly proud of her friends who won the Stanley Cup.

What I'm telling you is this group of men, they're a class act. They're obviously great athletes -- all you got to do is look at their noses to know that they're willing to -- (laughter.) Appreciate you putting your false teeth in. (Laughter.) But more important to me is the fact that they got good hearts, and they bring class to their profession. They set an example for young folks who watch them perform on the ice.

One of the interesting things about this team is they have a -- they've got a sign in their locker room that says: It's not about me, it's about the guy in front of me. And one reason they're here is because they understand that when you serve something greater than yourself, the team or your community, you become a true champ.

And so, on behalf of the White House people, we welcome you. Congratulations to true champs. God bless. (Applause.)

END 2:22 P.M. EST

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Playing hockey does help...to feel the puck on your stick and stuff...and believe it or not watching the upcoming playoffs will help me...just seeing hockey...without having to worry about my own team...I'll get to watch more games this way lol.

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My kids are out of school for spring break we are going to Williamsburg for a couple of days. I was getting my stuff out to pack, so I found a Canes shirt/sweatshirt for each day I'm going to be gone. My wife rolled her eyes and said I'd need something nice to wear to dinner one night, so I pulled out my Stanley Cup Champions polo shirt. She was not amused, but "that is the way I roll". Gotta represent.

Go Canes

If you are in Williamsburg today or tomorrow and see a gold minivan with a Hurricanes flag flying proudly, that would be me.

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Watching Opening Day at Fenway Park and seeing the Boston Red Sox get their World Series Rings!!!!

It helps a little ;)

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"Stanley" sighting at Fenway with Bobby Orr... *sigh*

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Watching Opening Day at Fenway Park and seeing the Boston Red Sox get their World Series Rings!!!!

It helps a little ;)

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"Stanley" sighting at Fenway with Bobby Orr... *sigh*

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Watching Opening Day at Fenway Park and seeing the Boston Red Sox get their World Series Rings!!!!

It helps a little ;)

1207665688_5385.jpg

"Stanley" sighting at Fenway with Bobbo Orr... *sigh*

TSA i gotta say you have very nice hands :P . but a very ugly ring, Go Tigers! :lol:

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TSA i gotta say you have very nice hands :P . but a very ugly ring, Go Tigers! :lol:

Yeah, I could really use a manicure, that would pass some more time ;)

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TSA i gotta say you have very nice hands :P . but a very ugly ring, Go Tigers! :lol:

Yeah, I could really use a manicure, that would pass some more time ;)

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Whatever you do...don't make the mistake of clicking on the RBC Center Webcam as I just did. Seeing that cold hard concrete floor instead of the beautiful site of the Canes Ice is more depressing than the actual loss on Fri....SIGH :(

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I was listening to 99.9 this morning and JR was on for a while. He sounded exactly like I feel. It almost sounded like it was still sinking in on him that the season was over.

Last season, when I went to the last game, I had known for a while that it was the end. Just two weeks ago, we were leading the division and in good shape on points alone if Washington caught us. I had not prepared myself to be sitting at home with no Canes hockey on the first day of the playoffs.

I started this thread after I had packed my bag to go out of town for a few days. I proudly wore my Canes shirts and cap both days and had several people comment. I had my Hurricanes flag flying on the van. I guess this forum is the best therapy I have for the next 5 months.

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