EDMONTON, AB - Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and registered nurse Fathima Aranha have been named the NHL's Scotia North Division Stars of the Month for March.
Aranha, who has been a healthcare aide (HCA) since 2014, works in the emergency department at the University of Alberta Hospital and Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. Aranha strives for excellence on every shift. She is thoughtful, kind, caring and goes above and beyond to make sure every patient receives the best care possible. Her role, which typically includes assisting nurses with feeding, turning and bathing patients, has evolved during the pandemic. Because visitors have been limited over the past year, HCAs such as Aranha have been called upon to sit with patients to provide comfort and support. They also have taken on the job of stocking PPE, including N95 masks, gloves, isolation signs and face shields. In addition, Aranha and other HCAs have stepped up to provide more assistance to triage nurses and patients in the waiting room, helping to expedite those in need of care.
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McDavid placed fourth in the NHL with 7-16-23 in 14 appearances to power the Oilers (22-14-1, 45 points) to an 8-5-1 March. All of his points came during an 11-game streak from March 6-29, his second double-digit run of the campaign (also Jan. 20 - Feb. 8: 6-16-22 in 10 GP). McDavid, who factored on 23 of Edmonton's 43 total goals during the month (53.5%), also scored a trio of game-winning goals: March 6 vs. CGY, March 17 at CGY and March 18 vs. WPG. The 24-year-old centreman and two-time Art Ross Trophy winner leads the League with 21-42-63 in 37 total contests this season, nine more points than the next-closest player (teammate Leon Draisaitl: 19-35-54 in 37 GP).