Hurricanes

Canes' equipment manager celebrates 40 years with franchise

Posted February 20, 2013

— Behind every goal, every penalty and every win is one man making sure things work just the way they should for the Carolina Hurricanes.

"It's kind of a thankless job. You've got a lot of things on your mind. Things you've got to figure out," said Hurricanes captain Eric Staal.

Skip Cunningham is the equipment manager for the Hurricanes and has been doing the job for 40 years.

"It just becomes numbers for a while. You forget," said Cunningham.

Skip Cunningham Mitchell: Cunningham celebrates 40 years with Canes

He's been with the franchise since it started, moving from the New England Whalers, to Hartford and eventually to Raleigh.

"It took a little while," said Cunningham. "The Boston boy comes to Raleigh. I love the weather. It's off the charts."

Affection for the sunshine but it's the Ice he knows best.

"You got stick problems, skate problems, glove problems, you go to Skip and he will take care of it," said defensemen Jay Harrison.

"After coming off the road trip got to send out some gloves to be re-palmed," said Cunningham.

40 years, thousands of checklists, but he's made mistakes along the way.

"We forgot the underwear for the players," laughed Cunningham.

But one doesn't stick around this long forgetting much, especially the memories stacked up since 1972.

"Winning the Stanley Cup, I took it to Fenway Park. I took it to the three stops where the Whalers had been," Cunningham said.

The history of the franchise, just as much a history of his life. Three cities, countless players, one Skip.

"I've been really lucky," Cunningham said with a smile.

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  • jazzmanjim Feb 21, 2013

    Skip is a class act. I worked for PNC back when it was called The Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA). It was always great to deal with any of the Hurricanes staff, but Skip especially was great to deal with.

  • StunGunn Feb 20, 2013

    This is a wonderful story; thank you Mandy! Skip must have stories to tell, but the best has to be the year the Canes won the Stanley Cup. The players seem to really appreciate all Skip's hard work, and he's obviously an important member of the Canes' "family".

  • Constitutional-Defender Feb 20, 2013

    Awww! How nice. NOT!

    # anothercarpetbagger we don't need

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