Friday, June 23, 2006

General Assembly Honors Carrolina Hurricanes

The Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes were honored at the General Assembly on Wednesday by members of the House and Senate during a special joint session. Close to 30 Hurricanes players and Coach Peter Laviolette came into the House chamber to raucous applause following their second victory parade in as many days. Defenseman Bret Hedican got the biggest cheers — and a lot of camera flashes — when he raised the Stanley Cup over his head and placed it on the House dais beside of Speaker Jim Black. Carolina won the NHL title Monday night by beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 in the final game of a seven-game series, bringing the first big-league professional sports championship to North Carolina.

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