Carolina Hurricanes Host Local Wheelchair Hockey Squad in Friendly Exhibition Game (July 24, 2012)
On Sunday, the Carolina Hurricanes played host to the Carolina Fury, a local wheelchair hockey team who was playing in memory of their teammate, Cameron Williams, who passed away from multiple dystrophy in October. Williams was 15 years old and loved playing with the Fury when complications from his disease took his life last fall. Both his mother and father were in attendance for the game, their first time in an arena since Cameron’s passing.
“He lived for this stuff,” Jay Williams said. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting place. This [PNC Arena] is where he loved to come watch hockey.”
Sunday’s game put the Fury, competing with electric wheelchairs, against Hurricanes staff and former players outfitted in their own set of wheelchairs. The Fury’s roster is made up of twelve players, male and female, ranging from 10-50 years old and whose conditions range from multiple dystrophy to spina bifida. Fury athletes come from all over North Carolina and compete in tournaments as far away as Calgary, Canada.
“These guys are very skilled and very talented,” said Don Sill, a producer for CanesVision. “People may underestimate how good they really are. They take it very seriously.”
The Fury played to a 10-2 victory while wearing Cameron’s No. 12 on their jerseys before an end-of-game ceremony which paid on final tribute to Cameron, retiring his number to ensure no one forgets what a wonderful young man and teammate he had been.