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Daily Cupcakes- September 8th, 2011

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Although today's Links could be solely be about The Crash, and the players that perished, most of the articles were linked throughout the day yesterday.  NHL.com has an article on each Salei and Skrastins, however, I think Cheryl's was a more powerful memorial. The Denver Post also has some touching articles on both of these men, as well as re-released articles from their past, also, Dater said that Terry Frei will have a story out about both of these men today. As it is, we are left with devastation of a team, for a league, a sport, families, friends and past teammates. Strumm sums up the days' event.

"There are no words to describe a tragedy like this," Strumm said from his Las Vegas home. "It's just one of those things where you don't know what to say, really. Immediately, you think about Rusty, his wife and two kids in Anaheim and … well, it makes no sense. I'm just devastated.

 

Some happier Cupcakes. Puck Daddy covers the Avs.

Sherman's moves, especially in goal, will make the Avs better than their 29th finish last season, but there's still some growing to do. The offensive depth isn't there and Colorado is still waiting for that go-to guy when a goal is needed. That should be where Duchene steps in as he continues his NHL maturity and takes his talents to the next level.

 

Mark Olver was involved in some charity work, as was Dan Ellis.

A dozen former Maverick players joined nine NHL players and local media members to skate in a benefit hockey game to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  Rob Facca, who played for UNO's first-ever hockey team in 1997, has a son who was diagnosed with Duchenne late last year.

Duchenne, a form of muscular dystrophy, affects 1 in 3,500 kids every year. The disease can eventually cause difficulty walking, breathing and, in some cases, even death.