News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links around the NHL - June 14th, 2013

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It's possible that the Oilers have lost a prospect.

Edmonton Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss, who played this past season for the NHL team’s minor-league affiliates in Oklahoma City and Stockton, Calif., has been reported missing and perhaps drowned in his Latvian homeland, according to that country’s online news website Apollo.

Police in Riga, Latvia, say the 20-year-old left-winger, a 2010 draft pick by the Oilers who starred for the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings before joining the pro ranks in 2012-13, has been reported as missing.

Earlier Thursday, a report out of Latvia said Pelss had died after jumping off a bridge late Tuesday in the Latvian capital. Police, however, have not confirmed the death.

The well-loved former Avalanche enforcer Scott Parker is reaching out to the community and is helping out animals affected by the wildfires.

The Sheriff is now fighting fires. More specifically, former Avs enforcer Scott Parker and his wife, Francesca, are lending a helping hand to the many victims of the latest Colorado wildfires.

Parker owns the popular Lucky 27 Social Club and Barbershop in Castle Rock, but right now the shop is also home to numerous animals owned by people in the Colorado Springs area who needed a place to bring them after evacuating from their homes. The ACC Ranch, a dog breeding outfit in Elbert, has moved many of its animals – including some horses – onto Parker’s property at the shop and, if need be, his own ranch in Sedalia.

Jean-Sébastien Giguère is already talking about how Roy will change things.

"L'an passé, on jouait des matchs et on n’avait aucune chance. Je crois que ça va faire une grosse différence dans l'attitude de tout le monde."

Translation:

"Last year, we played games that we had no chance. I believe that this will make a huge difference in everyone’s attitude."

He also says that he was only able to talk to him for a few minutes, but Roy already made an impact. Jiggy is already happy with what he hears. Roy is already talking to the players about winning. He said that it's much nicer to play games and win - or at least stand a fighting chance.

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