Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling (33) blocks a shot by Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling (33) blocks a shot by Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Mark Zaleski AP
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling (33) blocks a shot by Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi (23) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Mark Zaleski AP

In more than 30 years at The N&O, Chip Alexander has covered the N.C. State, UNC, Duke and East Carolina beats, and now is in his 11th season on the Carolina Hurricanes beat. Alexander, who has won numerous writing awards at the state and national level, covered the Hurricanes’ move to North Carolina in 1997 and was a part of The N&O’s coverage of the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run.