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April 7 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Members of the Colorado Avalanche conversion team dance for the fans during the second period against the Nashville Predators  of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
April 7 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Members of the Colorado Avalanche conversion team dance for the fans during the second period against the Nashville Predators of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Happy Friday the 13th to all of you! Not much in the news about the Colorado Avalanche today.

The Hockey Hall of Fame has new ads out, and they are pretty awesome.

The Hockey Hall of Fame has released a three new commercials with the tagline: "Most hockey dreams die. Come see the ones that didn’t" – and they are on another level. If you read the YouTube comments, some people don’t really see the humour, but we will let you be the judge (and not play spoiler by giving away the surprise endings).

The HHoF also has a poll on their website asking "What derailed your hockey dream?" with "talent level" taking the lead. "Injury" and "love of junk food" are a close second and third.

Bettman says that discipline won't change between regular season and post-season. There is also a giant Stanley Cup in Times Square.

Surely this has never before happened.

It has held beer, champagne and even babies, but the first known contact between water and the Stanley Cup was in 1905 when Hall-of-Famer Harvey Pulford, well into his own cups, drop-kicked the trophy off a bridge over the Rideau Canal following a victory by his Silver Seven.

Even then the water was frozen.

But there it was, the Stanley Cup, grown to more than 20 feet high and weighing 6,600 pounds, standing in the heart of Times Square with water squirting out its sides and all of New York invited to drink from it.

It isn't over for Graham James, Manitoba will be appealing the conviction.

Victims of Graham James say Manitoba's Justice Department is doing the "right thing" by appealing the two-year sentence handed to the former hockey coach who sexually abused two of his teenage players hundreds of times.

James was sentenced last month for sexually assaulting former NHL star Theo Fleury and his cousin, Todd Holt, when they played for him in the Western Hockey League in the 1980s and '90s. The sentence, handed down by Winnipeg Judge Catherine Carlson, prompted widespread outrage from both James's victims and the public.

Under the sentence, James could apply for parole and be released by the end of the year.