Daily Cupcakes - February 9th, 2012

As some of you know, I love to highlight the good deeds that hockey players do. The Avs will be auctioning off the camouflage jerseys soon.

The Colorado Avalanche will auction off a set of camouflage practice jerseys. The jerseys were worn as part of the pre-game warm-up for the Feb. 10 NHL game at the Pepsi Center. The jerseys were worn as part of the Avalanche’s first-ever "Military Appreciation Night."

"The Avalanche organization is proud to honor those who have served and continue to serve our country," said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. "It will be an exciting night for our team and all of our fans, but more importantly a chance for us to give back to the men and women who have given so much to us."

Sheldon Kennedy is being recognized in Swift Current.

Sheldon Kennedy has been back to Swift Current before, the site of some of his most memorable moments (helping the WHL Broncos win the 1989 Memorial Cup) and his worst. His next trip to the Saskatchewan town will add to the good memories.

On Feb. 17, Kennedy will be one of the honourees for a Scotiabank Humanitarian Award for lifetime achievement. A dinner and ceremony will be held to celebrate Kennedy’s efforts to create awareness for abuse victims, especially among kids and young adults.

Kennedy shook the hockey establishment by revealing he’d been abused by his former Swift Current coach Graham James, who was later sentenced to three years in jail.

It's being said that if Crosby retires, due to a permanent injury, he could get up to $20 million. But he wouldn't be the first to claim insurance for an injury.

If Crosby collects a massive insurance payout, it could have a ripple effect across all pro sports leagues. Several insurance industry executives say it would dwarf any other NHL-related payout.

Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan Berard reportedly received $6.5 million when he retired with an eye injury — he later gave that money back when he return to pro hockey — and Adam Deadmarsh collected $5 million when he retired because of a concussion.

Insurance premiums in professional sports have climbed to about 5 per cent in recent years, meaning Crosby is believed to have paid about $1 million for his policy.

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