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News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - March 22nd, 2013

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Another 15 year old has been granted the status of "exceptional". The defenseman will be able to enter the OHL draft at an earlier age.

Sean Day, who has been advised by former NHL defenceman Jason Woolley for the past 18 months, said he realized in recent months that he had outgrown his competition and needed more of a challenge.

Day, who said he exchanged texts with Ekblad about the challenges of making the move, said he has no great expectations going into the OHL next season, saying “I’m just looking forward to playing.”

“I feel like I’m not even trying right now,” said Day, who had 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points in 63 games for Detroit Compuware this season. He had a plus-47 rating with the highly rated team, which appeared in several Ontario-based tournaments, including the Whitby Silver Stick where they lost in the championship final to the Toronto Marlboros.

The Clarkson Cup chase is on.

Florence Schelling has logged a lot of air miles to stop pucks from the best female hockey players in the world.

A year out from her third Olympic appearance, the Swiss goaltender decided to elevate her game by playing in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League this season, the elite playing grounds for some of the best Olympic stars from Canada and the United States. This week, she finds herself between the pipes as the Brampton Thunder’s starting goalie at the championship tournament in Markham, vying for the Stanley Cup of the women’s game, the Clarkson Cup. Schelling has gone to huge lengths to get here, driven by her passion to succeed internationally as the North Americans do.

The League has given a suspension for a hit to the head.

It's two games in, two games out for Joffrey Lupul.

The National Hockey League on Thursday suspended the Maple Leafs forward two games for an illegal check against Tampa Bay defenceman Victor Hedman in Toronto's 4-2 win the previous night.

Lupul, playing his second game since returning from a 25-game absence with a broken forearm, had a goal and assist before he levelled Hedman early in the third period, leaving the 22-year-old Swede shaken up.

Cogliano is now missing his two front teeth and no penalty was called.

Andrew Cogliano now looks like the stereotypical hockey player.

The Anaheim Ducks centre will visit the dentist after losing his two front teeth after taking a stick to the mouth courtesy Brandon Bollig of the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

And head coach Bruce Boudreau is getting frustrated with his players taking abuse and the offending team not being penalized.