NHL ACTION DEBUTS IN CAROLINA WITH DUELING EXHIBITION GAMES
The NHL Hurricanes drew 6,046 fans at the 21,000-seat
Greensboro Coliseum Saturday for an exhibition game versus
the Islanders, according to Steve Politi of the Raleigh NEWS
& OBSERVER, who wrote that despite the fact that the
Coliseum was "less than a third full," it "didn't look
embarrassingly empty" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 9/14). In
Greensboro, John Nagy called it "a respectable crowd"
(Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 9/15). Greensboro Coliseum
Events Coordinator Carl Ellison Jr., on the NHL in
Greensboro: "We still have some redneck in us, but I think
the awareness is growing quite a bit. More people know
about hockey than used to" (John Valenti, NEWSDAY, 9/14).
HOCKEY NIGHT IN CHARLOTTE: In Charlotte, 7,474 fans
attended Saturday's Panthers-Bruins exhibition at
Independence Arena (David Neal, MIAMI HERALD, 9/14).