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June 24 event will be first chance to get NHL preseason game tickets

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The Charlotte Checkers today announced the details of this year’s “Draught for the Draft” party in conjunction with the NHL Entry Draft. The event will take place on Friday, June 24 from 6-10 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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Other than the fact that Christian Thomas is the son of the well travelled Steve Thomas and that he was part of a trade that sent Michael Del Zotto and John Taveras  from Oshawa to London in the OHL, we know nothing about the right winger, who was the New York Rangers second round pick in 2010 (40th overall) so we can’t say much. Well, other than that his stats are pretty impressive.

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Forward will join Checkers for AHL postseason

RALEIGH, NCJim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has reassigned forward Drayson Bowman to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Bowman will join the Checkers for the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs as they open their East Division Semifinal series against the Hershey Bears on Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA.

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Forward played in two games during most recent NHL recall

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Defenseman has yet to make NHL season debut

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled defenseman Brett Carson from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Carson is being recalled on an emergency basis for defenseman Joni Pitkanen, who has had to leave each of Carolina’s last two games due to an upper-body injury.

Carson, 24, has yet to make his 2010-11 NHL season debut. The Regina, Sask., native has played in seven AHL games with the Checkers this season, earning two assists. He was a healthy extra for Carolina’s two games against Minnesota in Helsinki, Finland, and again for four Hurricanes game during a recall from Oct. 16-24. Carson (6’4”, 210 lbs.) has played in 59 career NHL regular-season games with Carolina, scoring two goals and earning 10 assists (12 points). The Hurricanes drafted Carson in the fourth round, 109th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft


Gold Rangers Logo The New York Rangers select defenseman Dylan McIlrath, a 6’2” 212-pounder out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

McIlrath is a bruising defenseman who led the Western Hockey League in fighting majors with 18.  TSN’s Bob McKenzie had McIlrath ranked 15th prior to the draft, so while it was a little bit of a surprise to see him move up to tenth, what was a bigger surprise was that American defenseman Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley were still on the board. Fowler is much more of an offensive threat than McIlrath who’s nickname is “The Undertaker,” while Gromley is a more rounded athlete.

The real question, that only time will answer, is did the Ranger’s lack of physical defenseman out weigh their need for an offensive one?

Here’s the official release:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has selected defenseman Dylan McIlrath with the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to select Dylan and add a player of his caliber to our strong core of prospects,” stated Sather.  “He brings size and a physical presence along with good mobility and outstanding character.  We’ve watched him improve throughout the year and are looking forward to his continued development.”

McIlrath, 18, skated in 65 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, registering seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points, along with 169 penalty minutes.  He received Moose Jaw’s Most Improved Player Award for the second consecutive season, establishing career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, plus/minus rating (plus-20) and game-winning goals (two).  McIlrath ranked second on Moose Jaw with a plus-20 rating, and tied for third among team defensemen in goals, assists and points.  He also led the Warriors and ranked seventh in the league in penalty minutes.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was selected to participate in the 2010 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top Prospects Game on January 20 as a member of Team Orr, and he finished second in the Hardest Shot event at the Skills Competition with a 91.8 mph shot.  The second-year defenseman made a plus-42 improvement in plus/minus rating over the previous season.  McIlrath finished the season strong, tallying 16 points (five goals and 11 assists) in 29 games after the New Year.  He registered four multi-point performances during the season, including a career-high, three-point effort on February 15 at Portland (one goal and two assists).  In addition, McIlrath registered one assist and 21 penalty minutes in seven playoff contests, making his WHL playoff debut on March 18 at Calgary and tallying his first career playoff point with an assist on March 23 vs. Calgary.

The 6-4, 212-pounder has appeared in 118 career WHL games over two seasons with Moose Jaw, registering eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points, along with 271 penalty minutes.  McIlrath entered the 2010 NHL Entry Draft as the sixth-highest ranked defenseman and 17th overall among North American skaters in the final Central Scouting Rankings.

The selection marked the fourth time in the last six years the Rangers have chosen a defenseman in the first round.  Two years ago, New York used their first selection (20th overall) to tab defenseman Michael Del Zotto, after selecting defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti with the 21st overall pick in 2006 and defenseman Marc Staal with the 12th overall selection in 2005.


Charlotte Checkers COO Tera Black announced today that the team’s home opener for its inaugural American Hockey League season will take place on Friday, Oct. 15 at Time Warner Cable Arena. The team also unveiled its jersey designs and joint ticket packages with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The home opener will be the first ever AHL game played in Charlotte as the Checkers assume the role of Carolina’s top affiliate.

“October 15th will be a night Checkers fans won’t soon forget,” said Black. “We are looking forward to an unprecedented level of hockey as we unite enthusiasts of the sport from throughout the Carolinas.”

The team’s jersey designs have adopted the Hurricanes’ red, black, white and silver coloring along with matching jacquard bands around the waist. By virtue of the team’s third jersey (black), a new secondary logo was revealed. The mark combines signature characteristics of each team’s branding, including the bear mascot and hurricane warning flag. To see the designs, click here.

Finally, the Checkers also released today joint ticket packages with their NHL parent club, Carolina. The packages include five pre-determined Hurricanes Saturday home games and five or 15 Checkers games, starting at just $159. For details on the joint ticket packages, go to www.gocheckers.com/tickets.

Look for a brand new www.gocheckers.com website to be launched the first week of July. Season tickets for the Checkers’ inaugural 2010-11 AHL season are now on sale and 40-game packages start as low as $200. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com/AHL.

In draft news for Carolina, with their first round pick, Number seven overall, the Hurricanes selected center Jeff Skinner who ironically played for the Kitchener RANGERS of the OHL…