Dallas Stars center Joe Pavelski and clinical social worker Heather Newby (Discover NHL Central Division), Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Dr. Maurice O'Gorman (Honda NHL West Division), Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk and the Hatheway family (MassMutual NHL East Division), and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and RN Renee Herman (Scotia NHL North Division) have been named the NHL's "Stars of the Month" for January.
Throughout the 2020-21 season the NHL is celebrating the remarkable efforts of the off-ice stars who make it possible for us to play our games amid a pandemic by honoring frontline healthcare heroes from the regions represented by the League's weekly and monthly "Stars."
MASSMUTUAL NHL EAST DIVISION - THE HATHEWAY FAMILY AND JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK
The Hatheway family from Langhorne, Pa., features a pair of frontline healthcare heroes who recently were honored during a Flyers game at Wells Fargo Center. Mom Amanda works as a nurse for St. Mary's Medical Center, where she specializes in home healthcare visits. Amanda had to take a leave from her job shortly after the pandemic began because she was diagnosed with cancer. However, she recently received a bone marrow transplant and now is recovering nicely at home. Dad Josh is an emergency medical technician (EMT) who first worked for Newtown Ambulance until recently beginning a job at St. Mary's Medical Center in the emergency room, where he now is the clinical lead for all ER technicians. Amanda and Josh have two children: Westin (age 4) and Carson (age 2).
Van Riemsdyk shared the League lead with four power-play goals and placed sixth overall with 5-8-13 in 10 outings to power the Flyers to a 7-2-1 January (15 points), their most points through the opening 10 games of a season since 2002-03 (7-1-2, 16 points). Van Riemsdyk recorded a quartet of multi-point performances, including multi-goal games Jan. 21 at BOS (2-0-2) and Jan. 26 at NJD (2-0-2). He then capped the month with assists on all four Philadelphia goals in a Jan. 31 overtime win vs. NYI, his most helpers in a single game and tied for his most points (also Nov. 15, 2016 vs. NSH: 3-1-4). The 31-year-old Middletown, N.J., native and second overall pick from the 2007 NHL Draft sits six points shy of 500 in his career (252-242-494 in 751 GP).