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Hurricanes host home-grown talent

Posted July 23, 2014

— Home grown talent is a term that’s never gone hand-in-hand with the NHL in Raleigh.

But as the old Bob Dylan song goes, ‘the times, they are a changing.’

“The youth program really exploded, and I think you’re seeing the fruits of the young kids that have been raised here and grown up and developed,” said former Hurricanes defenseman Glenn Wesley.

Bryan Moore, Josh Wesley, and Logan Halladay are three invitees to the Hurricanes’ prospects development camp. All three are natives of North Carolina.

“It’s great for our state and hopefully it shows kids that they can do it too,” said Moore.

“If you’re willing to put in the work, it really doesn’t matter where you come from or where you live as long as you’re willing to put in the work, it’ll pay off,” Halladay said.

The three are bound together by a common thread. All three are alumni of the Junior Hurricanes of the Raleigh Youth Hockey Association.

“We’ve been extremely grateful to have the great coaches and managers and staff that we have,” said . “That’s kind of set the ground for our organization, and we’ve just kind of taken off from there.

The trio agrees, they might be the first, but certainly will not be the last.

“It’s coming a long way and really exciting for the Junior Hurricanes, and I know that they’ve got a couple more guys that can do it, so we’re just rooting them on,” said 2014 fourth-round draft pick, Josh Wesley.

The seeds were sown years ago, and now it’s hockey harvest time in North Carolina.

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  • rocheccw Jul 24, 2014

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    Sorry, but there is zero chance Wesley will make the roster this year...he will go back to the OHL's Plymouth Whalers...but that's ok...he is 18 & a 4th round pick...I can see him playing in the OHL till he is 20 then moving to the AHL...then maybe in 4 -5 years a shot at the NHL...as long as he continues to develop.
    It is still great for the area's Youth Hockey programs!

  • viking416 Jul 24, 2014

    Some very good Youth players in the area. East Coast Eagles took the National U16 tier 2 title last year which was huge. Glad to see the local kids playing at the prospect camp level. More players to come...that's for sure

  • Jeanne Gunn Jul 24, 2014

    It's great to see home-grown talent getting a shot to play with the 'Canes. I really hope Josh Wesley makes the roster.

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