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A gallery of NHL-themed pumpkin designs

Sure, Halloween is technically on Sunday, but tonight is the REAL Halloween for many. Chances are you’re having your most raucous night of the “Halloweekend” tonight without the threat of work or school.

While carving pumpkins isn’t exactly rock star behavior, it’s one of the most beloved traditions associated with this candy-packed holiday.

If you’re obsessed with hockey, then you might want to design an NHL-themed pumpkin. You might be hard-pressed to top some of the very “involved” pumpkins hockey fans have already provided.

NHL.com features some of the best designs from its Facebook fans page. Here are a few of the highlights.

The full gallery can be found here.

(That would be a very cool rendition of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash. All photos via NHL.com.)

So which one is your favorite? The Habs one gets bonus points for jersey numbers, the Nash pumpkin is very elaborate while the others look cool in their own right (the Capitals one is impressive too).

Vancouver Canucks players visit children’s hospital, help kids carve pumpkins


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.

Five members of the Vancouver Canucks visited Canuck Place Children’s Hospice to help children carve pumpkins and celebrate the holiday earlier this week. Sami Salo, Dan Hamhuis, Alex Bolduc, Alex Burrows, Guillaume Desbiens and the team’s mascot took time out of their schedules to spend time with some less fortunate kids.

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.

(Both photos via the Canucks’ gallery.)