Hurricanes fans to have benefit tailgate for cancer-stricken family

Event will be Saturday from 1-6 p.m. at PNC Arena


RALEIGH — It’s been seven years since the Hurricanes reached the playoffs, but memories of the PNC Arena parking lot postseason tailgates remain legendary. Diehards like the fans-turned-podcasters/bloggers from Section 328 continue to hold playoff-worthy pregame parties, but their tailgate Saturday is for a cause much bigger than fandom.Tony Price, a married father of one and mainstay in the Raleigh hockey community, is fighting Stage 3 pancreatic and colon cancer, and Saturday’s pregame tailgate will both honor and benefit Price. Section 328 and organizers Kristina Kelly and Renee Kalicicki have teamed up with Ruckus Pizza and Pasta, Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q, and Trophy Brewing to offer the #CaniacsUnited benefit tailgate for Price.”We didn’t even need to hear very much knowing what the cause was,” Woody Lockwood from Trophy Brewing said. “We were more than happy to help them in any way that we could.”For a minimum of $10 fans can join the tailgate, which will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., participate in a cornhole tournament, and also buy tickets for a raffle and bid in a silent auction with a variety of prizes. All proceeds will go to Price and his family to assist with his care. Ruckus and Smithfield’s will be providing the food, while Trophy has donated a keg of their Trophy Wife Session IPA.The Hurricanes have also gotten involved, offering discounted tickets (promo code: TONY) to Saturday’s game (7 p.m. vs. the Washington Capitals) with a portion of the sales also going to Price.For tickets to the tailgate, raffle tickets, or just to contribute to the Prices, go here.