Friday, May 17, 2019

North Carolina Hockey Fans Are A Class Act

RALEIGH -  Last night the North Carolina Hurricanes lost 4-0 to the Boston Bruins eliminating the "Canes" from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  It was a home game filled to the rafters with fans wearing red and black. Saying the arena was loud would be a classic understatement. The Raleigh fans are a class act, showing love, respect and an above average hockey IQ for their beloved Hurricanes. 

In some cities when your team is eliminated from the playoffs they get booed. In many cities when your team is swept 4-0 in the third round of the playoffs they are castigated as villains with the fans looking for and assessing where to place the blame.

Not in Carolina, there was a rousing standing ovation for several minutes at the end of this losing struggle from all 19,772 Caniacs with the exception of a few Bruin fans. They were waving their trademark white towels telling the players and coaches that they were loved and appreciated. 

Outside of the arena on the way to the parking lot, fans were talking about tearing up at the end of the game and how they are already looking forward to next seasons opener.

The players, coaches and especially the Hurricane fans are all class acts. It is no wonder that James Taylor had Carolina on his mind every time he was away from the state.

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