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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - August 14th, 2013

Doug Pensinger

Remember when I mentioned that Matt Duchene helped a man get a jersey for his daughter at a charity event? Well, Duchene is speaking about it now.

The end result? The 22-year-old Colorado forward ponied up $2,000 and a young girl got a dream birthday gift and in the process, a new favourite player.

“My whole life, I’ve been very lucky to see, first-hand, through my parents, what it means to give,” Duchene told after the fundraiser. “That’s always stayed with me. I don’t want to pump my own tires. I just really believe that being kind and trying to put a smile on another person’s face is important.”

That’s just how an eight-year-old Duchene felt when after he met two of hockey’s biggest stars of the day, Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne, courtesy of his uncle, Newell Brown, then part of the Anaheim Ducks coaching staff, now an assistant with Phoenix.

Nearly 15 years later, Duchene hasn’t forgotten that day.

Malkin's father is causing some trouble.

The Dallas Stars denied that they tampered with Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin after a Russian report raised some questions.

Malkin’s father told Sovietsky Sport that the Stars offered his son a bigger contract than the Penguins, who signed the centre to an eight-year, US$76-million deal in June. The comment was particularly strange because Malkin has a year left on his previous contract with Pittsburgh and has never been an NHL free agent.

It was enough to prompt the Stars to release a statement Tuesday.

There's an OHL player that has gotten into a couple spots of trouble lately.

Saginaw Spirit defenceman Dalton Young has been charged with assault after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend's dad in the back.

Young's latest arrest comes a day after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

The 20-year-old OHLer was arraigned Sunday on charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, first-degree home invasion and resisting and obstructing a police officer, authorities told the Port Huron Times Herald.

Young was first arrested Thursday after he allegedly assaulted his 20-year-old girlfriend. He was arraigned Friday and released with a no-contact order.