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As the puck dropped on the 2019-2020 NHL season, expectations were placed on the Carolina Hurricanes to follow up a year where they reached the Eastern Conference Finals with an equally good, or better, second act. And for most of the season, the Canes not only proved their miracle run last year wasn’t a fluke, but that they were poised for a deep run in the playoffs, like last year’s squad.

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There's an argument to be made that hockey has some of the best movies of any major sport. Hockey films have influenced the way the modern game is played and played a huge role in growing the sport, giving it much needed publicity. If you just can’t wait any longer for professional hockey to return, here's five of the best hockey movies ever to scratch that itch.

What do you need to play a sport? Well, obviously you need at least one person or entity. Then, depending on the sport, you might not need more than yourself and maybe some equipment, like a bat or a racket, or maybe a computer and program for some esports. But one very common element in a lot of sports is the presence of a ball.

During the league’s continued suspension, the Carolina Hurricanes signed college seniors David and Jason Cotton, both forwards, to deals after their collegiate careers came to a close with the cancellation of the rest of the NCAA D1 men’s hockey season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Carolina Hurricanes have had a mixed bag when it comes to this season. There have been highs, a 5-0-0 start and a 4-0-1 West Coast road trip, but there have also been plenty of lows, injury problems and struggles against their own division.