I’ve said it before when discussing the many charitable promotions hockey players take part in, but it never gets old to see professional athletes take the time – rather than just spending money – to help others.
You’ll see these kind of events pick up around Thanksgiving, Christmas and more traditionally charitable holidays, but it’s also nice to see some nice moments during a holiday associated with childhood such as Halloween.
Cozied up beside Holli Vanderwyk, a wheelchair bound 14-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy and a smile that could melt the sun, Salo played the role of surgeon cutting more than 10 stars into their jack-o’-lantern. Holli supervised his work while siblings Dexter and Amy carved pumpkins of their own making this a true family event that mother Susie cherished.
“It’s something that is pretty special for not just Holli, but all the kids to be able to participate in as a family together,” said Susie. “It seems like in life there’s a lot of stress and just to have a day of fun, I think it’s just fantastic. It’s great that these guys want to come out and spend their time doing something for the kids and it’s very much appreciated by everyone.”
It was clear that both parties, players and kids, were enjoying themselves to the fullest, meaning Canuck Place deserves the most praise for bringing the two together.
On the surface Canuck Place provides specialized pediatric palliative care for children living with a life-threatening illness and support for their families throughout British Columbia, but those with experience at Canuck Place know it offers so much more.
To see a gallery of the Canucks carving up pumpkins with children from the hospital click here. Read the full story here. Finally, here is one more photo from the great event.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.