Canes Notes: Stanley Cup celebration, Murphy reassigned, Hanifin out and about

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Stanley Cup is returning to Raleigh as the Carolina Hurricanes present their 10th Anniversary Stanley Cup Celebration this coming weekend.

A variety of events will take place including a Champions Tailgate with members of the 2006 Cup-winning team.

Various NHL trophies (Stanley Cup, Prince of Wales Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Selke Trophy) and 2005-2006 memorabilia will be on display at PNC Arena during the team’s two weekend games against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday and the New York Islanders on Saturday.

The Hurricanes Alumni Fantasy Game will take place on Sunday to cap off the three-day celebration and is free to the public to attend.

Stanley Cup at Crabtree Valley Mall

For fans who want another opportunity to see and take a picture with the Stanley Cup, the famed trophy will be at Crabtree Valley Mall from Noon-1:30 p.m. on the main floor in the promotions court (across from Sears) on Saturday.

The photo opportunity is free, but donations will be accepted for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

A professional photographer will be on hand to take pictures free of charge.

Murphy reassigned to Charlotte

The Hurricanes reassigned defenseman Ryan Murphy to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Monday.

Murphy, 22, was recalled on Jan. 31, and played in Carolina’s game at Calgary on Feb. 3 during the recall.

The Aurora, Ont., native has earned four assists in 19 NHL games this season, to go along with five goals and 11 assists (16 points) in 22 Checkers games.

Hanifin attends ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ banquet

Carolina rookie defenseman Noah Hanifin visited the Carolina Ale House for the Capital City Crew End-of-Year dinner and to promote the Paper Hearts & Magnets Fundraiser on Tuesday.

Hanifin first joined the Capital City Crew’s end-of-season dinner.

As part of the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative, the Capital City Crew provides an opportunity for inner-city youth, ages 8-14 to play ice hockey.

Through partnerships with the Wake County Boys & Girls Club, Raleigh Youth Hockey Association (RYHA) and the Hurricanes, this program teaches children life skills and positive character traits through the sport of ice hockey.

Following the Capital City Crew’s awards ceremony, Hanifin headed into the main Carolina Ale House dining room and interacted with fans and to promote the ninth-annual Paper Hearts and Magnet fundraiser.

Throughout February, paper hearts ($1) and magnets ($3) are available at all North Carolina Carolina Ale House locations, with proceeds benefitting the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.