Canes equipment manager plays final seconds


Prior to Saturday night’s game at Tampa Bay, the Carolina Hurricanes signed equipment manager Jorge Alves to a professional tryout contract to be the backup goaltender in place of Eddie Lack, who was ill.

Alves, 37, wound up playing the final 7.6 seconds of the game after replacing Cam Ward. The Hurricanes lost 3-1.

The Hurricanes had Alves lead the team onto the ice for warmups, letting him skate around the Carolina zone in his No. 40 jersey by himself before joining him.

Carolina, on its Twitter account, showed Alves sharpening skates and taping a stick while in uniform during the game. His mask features his fellow equipment managers.

Alves has been one of Carolina’s full-time equipment managers since the 2012-13 season and practices with the team on a regular basis. He played on North Carolina State University’s club hockey team for the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons and had several short stints in the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League.

Alves moved to Raleigh in 2001 following four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and has been with Carolina’s equipment staff since 2003-04.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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