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Daily Cupcakes - Links from around the locked out NHL - October 11th, 2012


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Not many people would be able to see the positives of having experienced a heart attack. Certainly not many 23 year old athletes. Yet, Brett MacLean does.

Just 23 years old and coming off a 25-goal season in the American Hockey League, MacLean was working towards a full-time spot with the Phoenix Coyotes this summer when he joined some friends in Owen Sound, Ont., for a pick-up game.

Little did he know, it would be the last time he pulled on skates as a professional.

"I remember going to the arena and going on the ice and that’s it," MacLean said during a recent interview. "I guess 40 minutes in I made a pass and just collapsed."

He was experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. In top physical shape, and with no history of heart disease, MacLean’s life hung in the balance. The survival rate in Canada for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests is just five per cent.

Adam Foote is heading to the Hall of Fame. The Colorado Hall of Fame that is.

Former Adams State University and Cleveland Browns punter and place kicker Don Cockroft has been selected as one of six inductees that the Selection Committee of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame voted to honor at the 49th annual induction banquet April 18, 2013, at the Denver Marriott City Center.

The other inductees include former Denver Bronco Steve Atwater, former Colorado Rockies hitting coach and manager Don Baylor, former Colorado Avalanche Adam Foote, PGA Tour Qualifier Steve Jones and former major league baseball all-star pitcher Stan Williams. The 2013 class was announced on Tuesday.

Are you in Cape Breton? If you are, keep an eye out for Theo Fleury.

The night will include information booths, community resources, educational videos and mental health professionals on hand to answer questions.

Crossroads, a non-profit community mental health organization, will be selling tickets at a special price with a portion of sales used to support members attending educational events in Toronto and St. Louis, Mo., next year. Those who buy tickets from Crossroads members will also be entered in a draw for a chance to meet Fleury before Sunday’s game.

Ryan Stoa is a Hershey Bear.

21 F Ryan Stoa. 6-3, 200. Shoots: left. Born: April 13, 1987, Bloomington, Minn. Summer 2012 free-agent signing by Washington-Hershey. Non-vet status made former Colorado Avalanche second-rounder (34th overall in 2005) a coveted free agent. Produced 16-20-36 in 75 games for Lake Erie in 2011-12. Career-best season was in 2009-10 for Lake Erie (23-17-40 in 54 games).