'Canes Fans Cheer Team On From Home Ice
Posted June 17, 2006 11:18 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — If the Canes had captured the Stanley Cup Saturday night, it wouldn't have been in front of their fans. Still, Caniacs joined together for one big party to watch the game on television.
An estimated 10,000 people are expected to fill the arena to watch Game 6 on a Jumbotron. Fans young and old began lining up outside the RBC Center hours before Saturday's game in Edmonton, hoping each step would bring them closer to the Stanley Cup.
"Just feel like pulling for the team," said Steve Chapman, who drove to Raleigh from Virginia. "The game is a long way away. Couldn't afford to fly, or else we would be there."
Instead, thousands of fans packed the arena to watch Game 6 on the Jumbotron. There were even a few Mike Commodore look-a-likes were in the stands wearing big, red wigs.
A familiar face also made an appearance at the viewing party. Former Hurricanes president and current ambassador to Denmark Jim Cain flew 13 hours to be there for the game.
"To be with the fans and watch the boys win the Cup, I couldn't miss it," said Cain.
Cain has been credited by some with selling the 'Canes franchise to the Triangle. On Saturday, it was clear fans have bought into it, hook, line and sinker.
The Hurricanes may be playing in Edmonton, but the stands inside the RBC Center will be packed with fans Saturday night.