Quick Hits: Signings, plus lots of odds and ends and updates

New updates, and a few things that were missed during the cheerleader controversy I apparently started.  (If you haven’t read it or weighed in on the issue, it’s not too late!)

Positive thoughts go out to everyone in the path of Irene.  Events like this are proof the name “The Hurricanes” for the parent club in Raleigh is tougher than just about any other nickname in the NHL.  Ducks? Kings? Bruins? Penguins? Maple Leafs?  We’ve got you beat with these tough Hurricanes!

Things that have recently been announced and are great pieces of news:

  • The Checkers signed Defenseman Chris Murray a few days ago to a one-year, two-way contract.  Murray, 26, spent the 2010/11 season with the Albany Devils, playing in 52 games.  During his four seasons as a professional hockey player, he’s split time between the AHL and ECHL.  He has 100 AHL games and 126 ECHL games under his belt, and spent the majority of the 2008-09 season in Charlotte as a member of the ECHL Checkers.  He’s an American-born defenseman, who graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2007.  (An interesting fact is he spent all four years as a UNH Wildcat with former Checker Jacob Micflikier).
  • The Checkers are hosting a fan fest on September 24 at the Epicenter.  It will begin at 4 p.m. with appearances by Checkers and Hurricanes players alike, plus Storm Squad members, Checkmates, and both Stormy and Chubby.  I’m looking forward to the afternoon.  Full details are on the Checkers website.
  • Deep within the press release about the Fan Fest was a mention of the Checkers moving their office to the EpiCenter and having a “Bear’s Den” team store.  Pretty exciting stuff!  Having an every-day presence downtown will be a big deal for the team, and should gain a lot more exposure!
  • Checkers College Nights! Picture credit: @TessQC on Twitter!

    Looks like the Checkers are going to host a series of College Night’s this year.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t on campus when theses cups made an appearance, but friend of Chasing Checkers @TessQC posted a picture of it, which I shamelessly stole for the blog.

  • The Checkers also released their training camp schedule.  Camp opens on Monday, September 26 at 10 a.m. and will feature 10 on-ice sessions that are open to the public at the Xtreme Ice Center in Indian Trail.  With Hurricanes camp opening five-days previously, I assume camp numbers will be smaller at the beginning of the week, but grow to a nearly full roster by the time the Checkers preseason games which occur on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and October 1.
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