Canes Corner

Long-time Canes motivator dies

Posted April 4, 2013

Doris Barksdale, who worked with the Carolina Hurricanes for almost 20 years motivating players and staff and creating connections with the community, died Wednesday at the age of 77.

Barksdale joined the team as a motivational consultant in 1994, and made the move to North Carolina when the Hartford Whalers became the Carolina Hurricanes. 

She counseled players and staff on issues of professional and personal growth. 

Barksdale was a liaison between the team, its Kids ‘N Community Foundation and area organizations and the founder of the “Pick Up a Book and Read” program, which gives third, fourth and fifth grade students incentives to read. Barksdale also served on the Kids ‘N Community Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2002.

“This is an extremely tough day for our team, and for me personally,” said President and General Manager Jim Rutherford. “Doris was a very special and inspirational figure in our organization, someone whose eternal optimism and positive way of thinking helped so many people with the Hurricanes and throughout the Triangle community. She was a very dear friend and mentor to many of our employees, including me, and her presence and influence will be greatly missed.”

Barksdale is survived by two sons, Andre and Robert. Robert Douglas works as Director of Production for PNC Arena.

3 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • bubbba Apr 4, 4:25 p.m.

    Condolances to Mrs. Barksdale. Canes must really suck now. 2 tickets on TicketNetwork sec. 103, side by side, sideline premier, Canes shoot twice. 16 bucks a pop.
    I dont even want them.

  • StunGunn Apr 4, 2:56 p.m.

    I've always been impressed with how much the Canes give back to the community. I'm sure Ms. Barksdale will be missed, but she leaves behind a terrific legacy.

  • Obamacare rises Apr 4, 12:55 p.m.

    Looks like even Doris couldn't take the losing any longer.

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Tomorrow at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Tomorrow at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Big 10: Michigan at Michigan State

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Tomorrow at 12:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • ACC: Duke at Virginia

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes at NY Rangers

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Super Bowl: Seattle vs. New England

    Sunday at 6:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 2
STL 3
Final
PHI 103
MIN 94
Final
BOS 87
HOU 93
Final
ATL 105
POR 99
Final
CLE 101
SAC 90
Final
BRK 122
TOR 127
Final
MIA 72
DAL 93
Final
NOP 108
LAC 103
4th
UTA 99
GSW 83
 
1st
PHO 18
CHI 15
 
Final
PRIN 72
HARV 75
 
Final
CORN 57
BRO 49
 
Final
PENN 58
DART 51
 
Final
NIAG 61
MAR 65
 
Final
CAN 63
QUIN 57
 
Final
MAN 87
SIENA 79
 
Final
WILL 63
IUPUI 59
 
Final
FAIR 59
MON 60
 
Final
ARST 67
OREG 68
Final
CLMB 59
YALE 63
 
Half
BUF 45
KSU 25
 
Half
ARZ 24
ORST 13
 
Final
NJD 1
PIT 2
Final
CAR 2
STL 3
3rd
COL 2
NAS 0
 
2nd
ANA 0
CHI 1