It’s hard to imagine where the Carolina Hurricanes would be without Curtis McElhinney, who arrived on waivers before opening night and continued to shine by stopping 40 shots Friday in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
David Guthrie, who will be one of three officials in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, has deep ties to the area. A former NC State baseball player who married a former NC State tennis player from Charlotte, Guthrie is also a once and future Charlotte resident.
The NBA All-Star Game returns to Charlotte this weekend for the first time since 1991. Hosted by Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, it promises to be quite a party and a grand celebration of basketball.
Dell Curry was an original Charlotte Hornet and remains involved with the team as its TV color analyst. But for the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, he will be a dad, cheering on his sons Steph and Seth as they compete in Saturday’s 3-point shootout.
Carl Scheer, the inventor of the dunk contest at the NBA All-Star game and the first general manager of the Charlotte Hornets, is battling dementia. The dementia affects his memory, thinking and social abilities, but his legacy is intact.
If this was Luke Maye’s final game against N.C. State, it was a fitting culmination to two years of personal domination in the rivalry. Even in a season when not everything has gone as planned for the North Carolina senior, it has for him against N.C. State.
Several of the players the Hurricanes traded are having great years, including Elias Lindholm, who scored against Carolina for the Calgary Flames on Sunday. But in almost every case, the Hurricanes are better off without them.
In the space of a week, Jordan Martinook became a new father, signed a new contract and scored his 11th goal. It was already the best week of his life even before he gave the Carolina Hurricanes the lead for good Friday night. It would have been anyway.