Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hurricanes’ Kevin Westgarth to appear at team NHL Draft party

Phillip Di Giuseppe - Carolina Hurricanes 2012 1st overall pick - Jamie Sabau, Getty Images

Jon Chase, Carolina Hurricanes Director of Community Relations and Promotions, announced on Wednesday details for the team’s upcoming 2013 NHL Entry Draft Party to be held at Rudino’s Sports Corner on Sun., June 30.

The event will begin at 2:30 p.m., with televised draft coverage starting at 3 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.

The Hurricanes hold the fifth pick in the draft’s first round, and four other picks in rounds 2-7, and unlike in previous years, the entire seven-round draft will take place on one day.

Wesgarth to be on hand

Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth will make an appearance at the Draft Party to interact with fans and team personality Ron the Ref will serve as emcee.

Hurricanes Youth and Amateur Hockey Coordinator and 2001 NHL All-Rookie Team member Shane Willis will also be on hand to offer insight into the draft process and to comment on this draft’s top players, including Carolina’s selection.

As the team has done in the past, there will be games, raffles and contests throughout the Draft Party, including the annual Draft Challenge, where one fan will win a new Hurricanes jersey.

Team mascot Stormy and members of the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad will also be in attendance, and fans will have a chance to see the team’s new jerseys up close, and sign up to win raffle prizes that will include autographed items and rare memorabilia and items from The Eye team store.

Last year, fans watched as the Hurricanes packaged the eighth overall pick in a trade to acquire center Jordan Staal.

In 2010, those gathered watched as eventual 2010-11 Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner was selected seventh overall, and in 2011 fans saw the team select defenseman Ryan Murphy who will play his first full professional season in 2013-14.

Rudino’s Sports Corner is located in the Olde Raleigh Village shopping center, at 3101 Edwards Mill Rd., at the corner of Edwards Mill and Duraleigh Roads.

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