Ten years ago Tuesday on Aug. 6 2003 the Carolina Hurricanes made a routine and barely noticed offseason signing of a 21-year-old undrafted prospect who was unlikely to ever make a ripple in the hockey world at large let alone in the NHL let alone the Hurricanes.

He scored at will in junior hockey but for three years in a row no NHL team was willing to draft a player who was optimistically listed as 5-foot-10 173 pounds. His hometown Detroit Red Wings had him in camp – twice! – but passed. The Hurricanes finally extended a contract offer late in the summer as much a bone thrown to a kid who spent his entire career in the Peter Karmanos hockey empire as anything else.

Ten years later Chad LaRose exits the scene as quietly as he entered it.

His contract with the Hurricanes expired June 30. He didn’t show up for his end-of-season exit interview according to Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford. He has not been reachable through multiple phone or text messages this summer.

LaRose joined the Hurricanes as an unknown. He leaves a mystery.

This is the only player ever to play for all of Karmanos’ teams someone who grew up outside Detroit playing for the youth teams sponsored by Hurricanes owner Karmanos who played junior hockey for the team owned by Karmanos who played minor-league hockey for Karmanos’ Florida Everblades of the ECHL who was eventually signed by Karmanos’ NHL team who played 508 games for that team over the course of eight years who won a Stanley Cup with that team.

That made LaRose as much a part of the Hurricanes hockey family as any player as much as Ron Francis or Glen Wesley or Rod Brind’Amour. He was the Tripp Tracy of players someone whose ties to the franchise that went far deeper than his role or contract which only makes his swift sudden and silent separation all the more discordant.

Ten years ago it all started just as quietly. While a recently drafted and signed Eric Staal was the complete focus of attention at a September rookie tournament LaRose turned a few heads too.