A day in the life of the Carolina Hurricanes

Hurricanes locker room

Ready for game day: Andrej Nestrasil’s locker.

photographs by Geoff Wood

Raleigh’s Carolina Hurricanes have undeniably had a challenging few years. The team hasn’t made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2009. Its current record of 16-25 puts it in last place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division (as of press time). But with a new year and new leadership, Raleigh’s only major league professional sports team has every reason to believe in a fresh start. With Ron Francis now in charge as general manager, Bill Peters as coach, and a roster with a heavy dose of youth, the best just might be yet to come. With that in mind, Walter asked veteran photographer Geoff Wood to capture a day in the life of the team for our pages. Because there’s no denying that for seven months a year, the Canes make the 18,680-seat PNC Arena come alive. They might keep their fans guessing, but with grit and flair, there’s nothing quite like the Canes for a night of pure hometown spirit.


Stormy the mascot takes a breather


In a hallway, players warm up with a game of soccer.



Watching the action from the weight room: vice president of communications Mike Sundheim, player Jordan Staal, and Doug Bennett, assistant athletic trainer.

ROD BRIND'AMOUR and goalie ANTON KHUDOBIN  walk out into the arena

Assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour and goalie Anton Khudobin head out to the arena

Head Coach Bill Peters talks with a young fan

Head coach Bill Peters talks with a young fan

BRETT BELLEMORE taping up his skates during practice

Player Brett Bellemore tapes up his skates during practice.


The national anthem provides a thoughtful moment


An usher maintains order

Sports writers high above the ice

Sportswriters perched high above the ice

Brad Malone fights with Montreal Canadians player BRANDON PRUST (8)

Fighting erupts between Hurricanes player Brad Malone and Montreal Canadiens player Brandon Prust



A fan beats against the glass

Organist Larry "O" Olsen

Organist Larry Olsen

A Montreal fan yells at the ref

A Montreal Canadiens fan reacts to an official’s call