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Canes part with 'Ron the Ref', look to enhance in-game entertainment

Posted July 22

Stormy takes the ice before the start of the game. The Hurricanes hosted the Ducks on November 15, 2013  at the PNC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

— For 16 seasons, “Ron the Ref” has been a staple of the Carolina Hurricanes as he emcees the entertainment between periods and during breaks in the action.

That journey has come to a close as Ron Biscotti was released of his duties with the Hurricanes as the team moves in a new direction with in-game entertainment.

Biscotti posted two messages on his Twitter account on June 4 thanking the fans for their support throughout the years.

“Thanks for all the support and good wishes from everyone at this tough time. Caniac Nation always made me feel appreciated. I’ll miss you all,” he Tweeted.

Biscotti followed with, “It was an honor and privilege to entertain everyone these past 16 years. Thanks for the memories. Go Canes!!!”

In a June article on Section 328, Biscotti said, “How many times can Stormy and I skate out and shoot t-shirts into a crowd before a game?”

The Hurricanes plan to move away from games during breaks, and provide more interactive activities for all fans.
“The new presentation will focus on providing ample replays, game stats, game notes and fan cameras/promotions that focus on interaction,” Doug Warf, Carolina Hurricanes Vice President of Marketing, said.
Warf explained, “Ron the Ref” was an element of the old presentation, but doesn’t have a role in the new focus. 

The role of host as diminished over the past few seasons, and Warf said it had nothing to do with the job Biscotti had done.

“This change was not about the job ‘Ron the Ref’ was doing, (it was) simply a large reduction for the role of host,” he said.

Amber Jaye will continue with host duties while also providing web coverage for the team.

Warf was optimistic this was a move in the right direction for the team.

“The hockey intelligence of our fan base has noticeably changed over the last 15 years and we need to make sure our game presentation matches their desires,” Warf said. “We hope this new shift will maintain the ‘fun’ from year’s past while allowing more focus to the game itself.”

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  • lolwut420 Jul 22, 1:04 p.m.

    wicked old story... better late than never, i guess!

  • dwntwnboy2 Jul 22, 2:21 p.m.

    Notice they didn't let the well endowed female MC (Amber) go- just the older white guy. Way to lower your standards Canes :-( - what's next? Fire Stormy or the Storm Squad- oh wait, the Storm Squad is equally endowed pretty girls so I guess they will keep them and continue to show their skimpy outfits and gyrations. Anything to get some attention eh Canes?? How about getting a good team rather than worry about the stuff that happens when the team isn't on the ice.

  • lolwut420 Jul 22, 2:46 p.m.

    Notice they didn't let the well endowed female MC (Amber) go- just the older white guy. Way to... View More

    — Posted by dwntwnboy2

    Your comment is as pointless as my reply. Just stop.

  • KTS BAAAAAAACCCCCCCKKKK Jul 23, 8:51 a.m.

    Sort of disappointed with this. Ron was a very nice guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him outside of the Hurricanes a few times. I also understand that they needed more fan engagement. If the hurricanes want to succeed, they need to change EVERYTHING.

    On a side note, read the article posted. They apparently kicked Stephen Rutherford (the guy who always did CanesVision) to the curb. Should have been done years ago.

  • evenflow2005 Jul 23, 5:43 p.m.

    He's had a long career. He was also Cappy Bear with the Icecaps. He wanted to be Stormy when the Hurricanes first started, but they gave him Ron The Ref. instead. He is a good guy and wish him best for the future.

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