The NHL revealed the finalists for the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award. The award was established last year, named after O’Ree who was the NHL’s first black player and spent decades bringing the sport of hockey to people who might normally not be exposed to it, to honor people not directly affiliated with the NHL or any teams.
The finalists are Anthony Benevides, Tammi Lynch and Rico Phillips. Benevides has built an affordable hockey program in Detroit, which serves Latino youth in impoverished areas. Lynch, a hockey mom, started a movement called Players Against Hate after her son’s teammate was a victim of racial slurs. Phillips has run a free hockey program in the inner city of Flint, Michigan, which he has run for the last six years.
- Luke DeCock of the News-Observer was quick to bring back injury updates after the Carolina Hurricanes saw three of their players forced to leave their Game 2 victory over the New York Islanders. According to DeCock, forward Saku Maenalanen is expected to have surgery for a hand injury and is expected to miss 10 to 14 days. Goaltender Petr Mrazek is listed as day-to-day with a possible groin injury, but the team intends to recall Alex Nedeljkovic from Charlotte of the AHL. Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will have an MRI on his left shoulder and is out indefinitely. Head coach Rod Brind’Amour said after the game that van Riemsdyk is “definitely not coming back any time soon,” according to NHL.com’s Michael Smith.
- The San Jose Sharks are expected to get bottom-line winger Micheal Haley back in their lineup Sunday for Game 2. The veteran has been out for the past five games with an ankle injury. Head coach Peter DeBoer revealed that Haley will go in, while rookie Dylan Gambrell will sit out for the game, according to the Mercury News’ Curtis Pashelka.