Hurricanes sign equipment manager to serve as backup goalie

Sunday January 1st, 2017

The Hurricanes have signed Jorge Alves, the team’s equipment manager, to a professional tryout contract. He will be the backup in Saturday’s game against the Lightning. 

Eddie Lack, Cam Ward’s usual backup, fell ill and is unavailable to play. 

The 37-year-old Alves played club hockey at NC State and had a brief pro career in the ECHL and SPHL. Alves also served four years in the United States Marine Corps. He joined Carolina’s equipment staff during the 2003–04 season.

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Alves has previously participated in training sessions with the team, according to The News Observer

It should come as no surprise that Alves, as the equipment manager, already had a customized goalie mask. 

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