Andrew Hirsh | @ahirsh

Andrew Hirsh is a graduate of Elon University and is entering his fourth year as a credentialed NHL writer. He founded SunbeltHockey.com in 2012 and serves as the site's managing editor. Andrew can be reached via email at ahirsh3@gmail.com.

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Russian Hockey Cheerleaders & KHL Marketing

Russian Hockey Cheerleaders & KHL Marketing

Ilya Kovalchuk is not one to show much emotion, but he got in front of the camera for the SKA hockey team’s recent music video and showed off some of his dance moves.

by · December 2, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · KHL
Carolina Hurricane Drayson Bowman, Ottawa Senator Erik Karlsson - Photo by Andy Martin Jr

Charlotte Checkers Continue Rampant Pace

  By Andrew Hirsh  After opening the 2012-13 season with a 6-1-1 record, the Charlotte Checkers have continued their rampant pace throughout November. The Hurricanes American Hockey League affiliate has […]

by · November 30, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · AHL, Carolina Hurricanes
Atlanta Thrashers Hockey: Oh, What Could Have Been…

Atlanta Thrashers Hockey: Oh, What Could Have Been…

On April 12, 2007, the Atlanta Thrashers skated in their first ever postseason contest. The building was sold out that night, as over 18,000 Georgia residents packed the stands of Philips Arena, most sporting light blue attire. While that event took place more than five and a half years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday.

by · November 20, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Atlanta Thrashers, News/Commentary
Zach Boychuk (James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE)

Carolina Hurricanes: Zach Boychuk Excelling in AHL

When the Carolina Hurricanes drafted Zach Boychuk 14th overall in 2008, they envisioned he would quickly mature into a quality NHL goal-scorer. While it’s taken longer than expected, Boychuk may be ready to live up to these lofty expectations.

by · November 17, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · AHL, Carolina Hurricanes, News/Commentary
Based on prior history, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman probably expects the NHLPA to cave sooner or later. (Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE)

NHL Lockout: Owners, Bettman Only Have Themselves to Blame

Contrary to what anyone could have predicted back in 2005, the National Hockey League’s overall revenue has grown tremendously under the most recent collective bargaining agreement, reaching $3.2 billion last season—the most in league history. And yet, the majority of NHL teams continue to hurt financially, and very few are currently making real money.

by · November 1, 2012 · 4 comments · News/Commentary
(James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE)

Justin Faulk Poised to Tear Up AHL

By Andrew Hirsh Around this time last year, Justin Faulk received a demotion to the American Hockey League after struggling in his rookie year with the Hurricanes. Now, with the […]

by · October 26, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Lockout: League Prevents Flyers Management from Attending Charity Event

NHL Lockout: League Prevents Flyers Management from Attending Charity Event

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and his fellow league executives want you to believe that they care about the fans. Their words, however, do not coincide with their actions.

by · September 20, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Philadelphia Flyers
Ottawa Senator - Craig Anderson, Carolina Hurricane Patrick Dwyer - Photo by Andy Martin Jr

Hurricanes Sign Patrick Dwyer to 2-Year Extension

The Carolina Hurricanes continued their busy offseason on Wednesday by signing forward Patrick Dwyer to a two-year, $1.8 million extension. The new contract will pay him $900,000 in 2013-14 and […]

by · September 5, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Carolina Hurricanes
Jeremy Welsh (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Jeremy Welsh Could be Carolina’s Answer at Third Line Center

Jeremy Welsh, signed by the Carolina Hurricanes last spring, could make the jump to a full-time NHL role this season.

Florida Panthers' BB&T Center on a quest to be filled in light of the team's attendance woes. (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Lockout Could Have Dire Consequences for the Florida Panthers

Follow @andrewhirsh After making the playoffs last spring for the first time since 2000, the Florida Panthers have finally given their fans some long-overdue optimism about the team’s future. Unfortunately, […]

by · August 16, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Florida Panthers, News/Commentary
(Andy Martin Jr/The Hockey Writers)

Carolina Hurricanes Sign Alex Semin to 1-Year Deal

The Carolina Hurricanes further bolstered their offense Thursday afternoon, signing former 40-goal scorer Alex Semin to a 1-year deal. The contract will pay him $7 million for the 2012-13 season. […]

by · July 26, 2012 · 1 comment · Carolina Hurricanes
(Andy Martin Jr/The Hockey Writers)

Semin, Hurricanes Could Be a Good Match

The Carolina Hurricanes are in need of a quality goal-scorer to round out their top-six. Alex Semin is looking for a chance at redemption. Potential risks notwithstanding, bringing these two […]