After being one of the Charlotte Checkers best players for many years, Chris Terry gets the chance he has been waiting for. Terry was called up by the Carolina Hurricanes to play his first NHL game against the New Jersey Devils.
Terry was superb in his first game scoring his first NHL goal in the second period. After grabbing the puck in front of the net, he made an impressive move sliding the puck backhand between the legs of Johan Hedberg.
Terry skated with his old Checkers teammate Riley Nash on the third line. Nash has impressed many this year and has a chance to stay with the team. Coach Kirk Muller must be hoping their chemistry will continue to the NHL level. Patrick Dwyer was the third player on the line and filled the role of the solid veteran.
The Checkers have flourished this year even through the Hurricanes constant call ups. Terry waited patiently and never complained, just continued to play hard. Terry has dominated in the minor league this year with 46 points in 55 games. He leads the team with points and also leads with 22 goals. Another interesting stat is that Terry currently leads the league with seven game winning goals. It is very impressive Terry has put up such good numbers without playing with many of his skilled teammates which had already been called up by the Hurricanes.
The character of Terry is shown by the way he has worked hard and diligently for this chance. Terry has played three seasons on the Checkers and another season on the Albany River Rats. He played an important role for the Checkers last year when he led the team again with 59 points. Terry has great offensive instincts and the ability to play well in his own end.