Hurricanes host home-grown talent
Posted July 23, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.