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Commendable Kraken

Seattle Kraken goalie Philipp Grubauer’s mask made the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer digest this week. The German netminder unveiled the special mask on Thursday. The lavender colored artwork pays homage to several areas in the Pacific Northwest. 

Each NHL team holds a Hockey Fight Cancer night. The Seattle Kraken’s is coming up on Thursday, November 17th when the club hosts the New York Rangers.

Here’s the details on the Kraken’s night and on the auction of the mask and other items via NHL.com.

This is a tradition with Grubauer; he’s had special masks made with his goalie partner in other seasons. He’s presently on injured reserve with a lower body injury and hasn’t played a game for the Kraken since October 21st against one of his former teams, the Colorado Avalanche.

Another Worthy Digest Note 

NHL.com is the HQ for Hockey Fights Cancer. This is an excerpt from another item in their digest. Worth checking and of course worth donating to the cause:

The Staal brothers, Eric and Marc of the Florida Panthers, Jordan of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Jared, an assistant coach with Charlotte of the American Hockey League, established the Staal Family Foundation back in 2012.

The foundation has raised nearly $5 million to support children who are fighting cancer and their families and makes donations to various children’s cancer-related charities in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and the surrounding area. It is a personal cause for the brothers, one that will be on their minds when the Panthers have their Hockey Fights Cancer night Saturday, and the Hurricanes on Nov. 17.

There are many worthy causes to consider. Hockey Fights Cancer runs through the month of November.

HHOF Inductees Lauded for Off-Ice

At the Hockey Hall of Fame Fan Forum in Toronto on Saturday afternoon, the newest inductees were asked almost as many questions about their off-ice exploits as they were their on-ice. The sometimes emotional, often very funny one-hour presentation, where a decent handful of fans are able to ask questions of their heroes, shined a light on the amount of charity work these players actually do.

Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Roberto Luongo, and Daniel Alfredsson all spoke of the impact visits to children’s hospitals and such have had on their lives.

The late Herb Carnegie, who will be represented at Monday’s induction by his daughter Bernice, spent his entire post-playing life on charitable endeavours. This, after being discriminated against during his playing days, actually barred from the NHL for being black.

You can read about Herb on his daughter’s website. It’s an inspiring read, as will be Carnegie’s induction on Monday.

Rob Simpson

Rob Simpson has covered the NHL in five different decades. He’s authored 4 books on hockey and is a veteran TV and radio play-by-play man and reporter.