It’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night tonight at the AAC, as the Stars take on the Blue Jackets. This year, the game takes on added meaning as play-by-play announcer Dave Strader is currently battling cancer.
For the first time since the 1970s, Strader, 61, isn't calling hockey games. He was a fixture in press boxes and on national broadcasts for four decades from Detroit to Arizona to Florida to Dallas, from ESPN to NBC, before he began his battle with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that attacks the bile duct.
Razor, who’s taken over play-by-play duties, put it this way.
"Everywhere we go and everywhere we went in the preseason, people come and first ask how he's doing, and I always wish I had better news. And then they ask to relay a message that they're thinking about him. That's a pretty good measure of the man, I think."
With Patrick Sharp on IR with concussion-like symptoms and Patrick Eaves questionable with a lower-body injury (plus the other litany of injuries the team is dealing with), the Stars have called up Gemel Smith ahead of tonight’s game. [Stars]
Sean Shapiro has the scoop on Peter Budaj’s “career reclamation” after the goalie helped the Kings to a win against the Stars on Thursday. [Today’s Slapshot]
Flyers forward Dale Weise will miss a few games.
Philadelphia’s Dale Weise suspended three games for an illegal check to the head on Anaheim’s Korbinian Holzer. https://t.co/qNIEOS5XP3— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) October 21, 2016
Scoring is up around the league, but how long will that last? [TSN]
Five predictions for the rest of the season. [ESPN]
There are quite a few great ones in town for Sunday’s Heritage Classic and today’s alumni game between former Jets and Oilers stars.
Here’s what you need to know about the AHL this season. [Sportsnet]
Despite continued struggles with concussions, Clarke MacArthur isn’t ready to hang up the skates just yet. [Puck Daddy]
On how playing hockey in Arizona shaped rookie phenom Auston Matthews. [Washington Post]
Mark your calendars, y’all.
But who’s going to coach Las Vegas’ team? [Puck Daddy]
Special hockey programs in Massachusetts are helping create a game for everyone. [Boston Globe]
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