by Kate Shefte
The Hurricanes will retire Glen Wesley's No. 2 in a ceremony tonight preceding their last match-up with the formidable Boston Bruins. Wesley, a veteran of 728 games in a Hurricanes uniform and over 20 NHL seasons, played with only three franchises during his long and illustrious career, and two of those were Hartford/Carolina and Boston. Wesley was with the team for its downs (when the team had neither a home nor a permanent fan base in Greensboro) and its ups (two Stanley cup finals in four years.) He finally lifted the cup over his head in 2006, which was a moment 'Canes fans will never forget.
In addition, the Hurricanes will try avoid being swept in their season series against the Bruins. Neither team has swept the other since 1979, when Hartford joined the league. The Eastern Conference leading Bruins have decimated the 'Canes this season, winning all three contests 4-2, 4-2, and 5-1, respectively. The Hurricanes are trying to catch Buffalo and Florida, which are tied for the final two playoff spots in the east.
I will be LiveBlogging from the event starting at 6:30 EST, so if you're watching from home, please feel free to join in and share your opinion as we watch that loveable redhead's number rise up and join Ron Francis' in the RBC Center rafters.