RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes announced that former ECHL player Paul Strand has been named the team’s youth and amateur hockey coordinator, assisting the existing youth and amateur hockey base in North Carolina to help continue growing the game.
Strand will be in charge of the Hurricanes’ youth camps and clinics as well as the Junior Hurricanes, the annual team-sponsored entry into the Quebec International Hockey Pee Wee Tournament. He will also lead the Hurricanes’ Street Stormers program and direct the In-School initiative, a program that saw the team lead clinics in gym classes at 17 schools in 2004-05.
The 33-year-old Strand began his professional career in the ECHL in 1997-98 scoring three points (2g-1a) in 10 games with Baton Rouge and 51 points (25g-26a) in 54 games with Raleigh where he was voted “Fan Favorite” by the Icecaps Booster Club.
Strand retired following 2003-04 finishing with 132 points (59g-73a) and 302 penalty minutes in 197 regular season ECHL games and eight points (3g-5a) and 34 penalty minutes in 18 Kelly Cup Playoff games. He played with Louisiana, Pensacola, Greensboro, Roanoke and Cincinnati, who he helped reach the conference finals in 2003.
Strand became involved in youth and amateur hockey in North Carolina, starting as an assistant coach in the Greensboro Youth Hockey Association in 2002 while also volunteering to become a USA Hockey coaching education instructor and he has been on the Carolina Amateur Hockey Association’s Board of Directors since 2003.