|| Hurricanes Cam Ward & Erik Cole To Throw Out Ceremonial First Pitch on Friday
Canes Goalie Cam Ward (right) receives the Conn Smythe Trophy from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Ward will throw out the first pitch at the Durham Bulls on Friday, July 7th.
On Wednesday, July 5, 2006, the Durham Bulls announced Carolina Hurricanes Goalie Cam Ward and Forward Eric Cole will accompany the Stanley Cup to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Friday, July 7th as the Bulls take on the Richmond Braves at 7:00pm. Ward, the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy Winner for being the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.
A rookie goalie for the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Hurricanes, Ward started the NHL playoffs as a backup goalie full of potential. Two months later, he was at the center of the Carolina Hurricanes’ celebration. In the Canes 3-1 win over Edmonton in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the 22-year-old Ward finished the game with 22 saves.
Despite missing the final 22 games of the regular season with a fractured vertebra in his neck, the 27-year-old Cole set career highs in goals (30), assists (29) and points (59). He returned from the injury in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers and skated in the Hurricanes’ 3-1 triumph in Game Seven.
Following the ceremonial first pitch, the Stanley Cup will remain at the ballpark on display for fans to see up close.
Tickets for the Durham Bulls game on Friday against the Richmond Braves are available at the Durham Bulls Box Office, by phone at (919) 956-BULL or online at www.durhambulls.com.
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & photo.