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Are you ready for some hockey? Lightning and Hurricanes open seasons in Raleigh

As someone who grew up playing hockey on frozen lakes, the idea of NHL teams from Florida and North Carolina is still a bit hard to process. Picnics on the grass and shinny in the parking lot? I don't think so.

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Liz Owens Courtney, Michael Courtney and Chris Brasfield tailgate at the RBC Center prior to the season opener between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes on October 7 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Nick and Steve Bond of Burlington, North Carolina play some hockey in the parking lot prior to the season opening game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center on Oct. 7 in Raleigh, North Carolina.