In what is considered one of the greatest days in hockey history in the state of North Carolina, on April 8, 2010 Gary Bettman will announce that the 2011 NHL All-Star game will be at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC.
Constantly, hockey fans discuss and argue that hockey does not belong in the South, but the Hurricanes have been a consistent team with a strong fanbase.
April 8, 2010 will go down in history as one of the days in Hurricanes history that people will remember. Already people remember so much out of the young 12 year destiny of the Hurricanes.
The Carolina Hurricanes in 12 years have done more than some teams have done in 30 years. In the last 12 years they have been to two Stanley Cups (Anaheim, Detroit, New Jersey and Pittsburgh have as well), they have won the Stanley Cup, won three divisional championships, two conference championships, and renewed a hockey love in the southeast not seen anywhere else.
Despite what anybody says, no team in the NHL is more clutch then the Carolina Hurricanes; "The Miracle at Molson" in Montreal in 2002, "The Shock at the Rock" in 2009, and anybody who saw the Hurricanes in the 2009 Playoffs can agree. General manager Jim Rutherford said it best when he said "People that come to our market are excited about being here."
With that being said, the Carolina Hurricanes bring a style that is hardly seen in the NHL. They don't have any goons, they don't bring that physical style every night, and instead consistently get the job done. They bring a run and gun at you style that is not seen often, and I might say is very exciting to watch as a fan.
They bring a fanbase full of "Caniacs" and are excited about hockey and would love nothing more than to bring another Championship to North Carolina. You never see Hurricanes fans badmouthing teams. We don't disrespect players like Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. The Caniacs bring a level of southern hospitality with their love for this team and have respect for every team and every player.
With that being said, the Hurricanes are the most disrespected team in the NHL. Nobody respects players like Eric Staal, Ray Whitney, Jussi Jokinen, Cam Ward, Tuomo Ruutu, etc...who play with their hearts on their sleeve.
Cam Ward is arguably one of the greatest goalies in the game today. He won the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe award in his rookie season. He was snubbed from Team Canada, what was probably because of his injury, but he wasn't even in consideration.
Jussi Jokinen was somehow snubbed from Team Finland. How. He has played greater hockey then any other Finnish player in the league this season. He has 30 goals and has been playing arguably the best hockey of his career this season.
Even if you don't look at players and look at the team as a whole. They made a serious run into the playoffs just last season. How many times have they been in the National Spotlight on Versus, or NBC this season?
How many times do you see Hurricanes game recaps on ESPN?
The respect level from fans may be higher then the respect level from the national spotlight, but as a Hurricanes fan I personally feel disrespected by it.
I can say so much more about this team that I love, but what's there left to say? This team deserves nothing more than to get an All-Star game in 2011, and whether anybody else thinks so or not, I do not care. I can't wait to wear my Hurricanes jersey to the All-Star game in 2011.