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Daily Cupcakes- September 21st, 2011

Dater blogged about the Colorado Avalanche Burgundy - White game

COLORADO SPRINGS – If it’s late September, it must be time to be at the Air Force Academy, and so it is where I write here, atop a rickety, roughly 8×4 podium with three other guys on it. Remember me well if this thing collapses.

An article in the Gazette about the Burgundy-White game.

Elliott, a defenseman, managed two shots at Cadet Ice Arena on the Air Force Academy campus while Landeskog, the No. 2 pick of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2011 NHL Draft, got one on net. Those stats may not impress, but it was what didn’t appear on the score sheet that has the organization excited.

"Landeskog played well and he’s had a good camp," said coach Joe Sacco. "He’s very strong on the puck, plays wise beyond his years and is good along the boards."

The OHL champion Owen Sound Attack will look to defend the J. Ross Robertson Cup while teams like the Plymouth Whalers and the Saginaw Spirit are hoping to make an impact in the 2011-12 season.

The news gets worse for Dustin Byfuglien, he was officially charged on Tuesday with boating while intoxicated. The actual charges are worrisome.

Authorities also said Byfuglien admitted to taking a muscle relaxant but couldn't remember the name of the drug and he said he takes a "handful of supplements from 16 or 17 different bottles every day."

Byfuglien was charged with third-degree boating while intoxicated, a gross misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to a year in jail, and refusing to submit to a test. He was also charged with failing to display the proper warning lights on the boat and not having enough flotation devices for everyone on board.

Some good news for a former Bad Boy of hockey. After spending five years in jail, he helped save a life. Warning: there are some details in this that may not be for the weak stomached folks out there. 

Former NHL player Mike Danton was sent to prison for plotting to take a life. In his return to professional hockey, the skills he learned in jail may well have saved one.

Danton, who served a five-year jail term for conspiracy to commit murder, was playing in his first game with Swedish third-division club Ore on Sunday when his linemate Marcus Bengtsson hit his head on the ice after a hard hit and started convulsing.

Using the first-aid training he received in prison, Danton dropped to the ice as well, waited for Bengtsson's jaw to unclench and then shoved his hand into his teammate's mouth to stop him from choking on his own tongue.