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Upper Body Injuries, Mean Mommy, and Community Relations, let’s keep our D-men healthy and get out the brooms

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators Capturing the Heart of the Community - On the Forecheck
Yes, I wrote this. Yes, it was published yesterday. If you haven't read it, I had an awesome experience covering the Predators Community Relations Days this past week. I got to interview P.K Subban, Kevin Fiala, Nick Bonino, and Yannick Weber. Seriously, check this one out! Spoiler alert: all four guys have good, strong handshakes.

Predators' Yannick Weber: Considered day-to-day - CBSSports.com
So, hopefully he wasn't concussed.

Preds Serve Throughout Nashville During Annual Community Days
Here are stories about some of the other events I was unable to attend. I absolutely love the direct involvement the players have in these events.

Subban Aims to Set Positive Tone in Community with Blueline Buddies
P.K. Subban has a knack for philanthropy. I love this approach!

How retired NHLer Cody Hodgson is giving back to the game he loves - Sportsnet.ca
A few interesting things in this article about the former Predator. Even more interesting, how awesome does Haliburton sound?

Around Hockey

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon injured by nasty high stick - Sportsnet.ca
Upper Body Injury. Totally intentional. Video included.

Say hello to Chance, the Vegas Golden Knights’ bizarre new mascot – ProHockeyTalk
Remember that time the Thing from the Fantastic Four hooked up with a snake?

Alex Ovechkin has never had a goal-scoring run like this – ProHockeyTalk
Ovechkin is on Fire with a Capital F. Can he keep it up?

The Real Fighters | By Shawn Thornton
"She was the type of lady to give me a swig of whiskey when I was underage on St. Patrick’s Day, or sneak me a $20 dollar bill to go have fun with my friends after a juniors game. Her name was Maureen, and she was quick-witted and didn’t take s*** from anybody."

This is an incredible story.

Golden Knights off to best expansion start ever -- how did other expansion teams fare early? | The Hockey News
Of course, I'm not sure that any other expansion teams have been allowed to build a team the way LVGK have...

Oilers' Todd McLellan brings out his 'mean side' ahead of Senators game - Sportsnet.ca
"Mean Mommy" as my wife calls it when the kids don't act right. As a coach, I hate breaking this side of myself out for the kids to see, but if you deploy it only when it's needed, it can be wildly effective. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.