Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37), of Russia, skates with the puck against Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny (6), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37), of Russia, skates with the puck against Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny (6), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Nick Wass AP
Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37), of Russia, skates with the puck against Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny (6), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Nick Wass 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.