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Movember returns as advocate for men's health

Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / Hockey Fights Cancer

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

An idea started as a fun concept hatched between friends over a few drinks in an Australian beer garden has grown into a leading global organization which has changed the face of men's health in 16 years.

Get ready hockey fans, Movember is coming.

The Movember Foundation challenges men to sign up at and grow moustaches during the month of November in an attempt to spark conversation and raise funds for men's health programs. Since its inception, the foundation has reported a total of over 4 million moustaches grown worldwide and more than $550 million raised while funding over 800 programs in 21 countries. The fundraising and awareness promotions improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems, according to Movember Foundation CEO & co-founder Adam Garone.


Around the League notebook for Friday, Oct. 31

Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 12:45 AM / News

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Corey Perry scored his League-leading 10th goal of the season and assisted on Nate Thompson’s overtime winner to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars. Dallas forward Antoine Roussel forced the extra period with his tying goal at 14:33 of the third period. It was the first game between the clubs since Game 6 in their Western Conference First Round in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Ducks overcame a two-goal deficit in the final minutes of regulation before winning in overtime to eliminate the Stars.

* Perry (10-4--14) had his fourth multiple-point game of the season to move within one point of the League points lead, behind Dallas’ Tyler Seguin (7-8—15), Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (7-8—15) and Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek (3-12—15).


Markstrom falls short of AHL shutout record

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 8:26 PM / News

Utica Comets goaltender Jacob Markstrom fell 30:09 short of the American Hockey League scoreless-streak record when he allowed a first-period goal against the Binghamton Senators on Friday.

Markstrom, a Vancouver Canucks prospect, allowed a goal to Alexander Guptill 5:55 into the game, ending his streak at 238:08.

Barry Brust of the Abbotsford Heat holds the record of 268:17, established in November 2012.


Hurricanes could sit healthy Semin vs. Coyotes

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 8:11 PM / News

The Carolina Hurricanes are considering making right wing Alexander Semin a healthy scratch against the Arizona Coyotes at PNC Arena on Saturday.

“Right now, he’s not in the lineup,” Carolina head coach Bill Peters said Friday, according to the Hurricanes website. “We’ve got a couple guys back from injury so we’ve got the ability to take some guys out.”


Jablonski ready for 'Night to Believe' with Wild

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 8:10 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Jack Jablonski is determined to turn a tragic event in his life into a reason to believe in miracles.

It was almost three years ago, in December 2011, when the then-sophomore was hit from behind while playing hockey for Benilde-St. Margaret's High School against Wayzata High during a game at a holiday tournament in St. Louis Park, Minn.

The check pushed him straight up against the boards and left Jablonski motionless on the ice. Following a 2 1/2-hour operation five days later, it was determined he had sustained a severed spinal cord in the neck. He was paralyzed from the chest down, and doctors felt at the time that it would take a miracle for Jablonski to recover full use of his arms and legs.


Maple Leafs forward Lupul out with broken hand

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 6:57 PM / News

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul is out indefinitely with a broken right hand sustained after falling in practice Thursday, according to the Maple Leafs.

Lupul was scratched against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.


Canucks' Burrows suspended three games

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 6:09 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NEW YORK -- Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows has been suspended for three games, without pay, for a late, illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin during NHL Game No. 147 in Vancouver on Thursday, October 30, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 8:23 of the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Burrows will forfeit $72,580.65. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Flyers' Laughton impressive early in Lehigh Valley

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 3:55 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to

Scott Laughton has been a first-round NHL draft pick, debuted in the NHL at 18 years old, and left a lasting impression on many of the sport's biggest decision makers.

But it's not his age that sets him apart anymore. In a league full of younger players looking to reach the NHL, it's the poise Laughton, the 20th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, has shown on the ice in tough situations that is helping differentiate him from his peers.

Beginning his first pro season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, American Hockey League affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, Laughton, now 20, has made an early statement.

"He makes a lot of plays that generate a lot of space for himself," Phantoms right wing Andrew Gordon said. "You'll think the defense has him cornered but he'll be able to open himself up and find six feet of space to get that next play made. That's a sign of maturity in his game, his ability not to panic and to make something out of nothing."


Lightning forward Paquette reassigned to AHL

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 3:39 PM / News

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forward Cedric Paquette to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Paquette, 21, has skated in four games with the Lightning this season, recording five penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 199-pound forward made his season debut with the Bolts on October 24 in Winnipeg. Paquette has skated in six career NHL games, registering one assist and five penalty minutes. He also appeared in all four of the Lightning's 2014 postseason games, recording a pair of assists to go along with 16 penalty minutes.


Jets forward Cormier reassigned to AHL

Friday, 10.31.2014 / 2:31 PM / News

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have reassigned forward Patrice Cormier to the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

Cormier, 24, has played in four games this season with the St. John's IceCaps collecting two goals and five penalty minutes. He did not appear in any games with the Jets since being recalled on Oct. 25. Cormier has compiled five points (1G, 4A) in 49 career NHL games with Winnipeg and the Atlanta Thrashers. The Moncton, NB native has collected 77 points (38G, 39A) and 261 penalty minutes in 167 AHL games with St. John's and the Chicago Wolves. He was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round, 54th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.

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