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Morning Flurries: McDavid minus MacKinnon

The Avalanche take on the Oilers without MacKinnon, and hockey community embraces #BellLetsTalk

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The Avalanche are back on the grind after the short (but sweet enough) All Star Break, but they’ll unfortunately head into the first game of February without literal All-Star Nathan MacKinnon.

MacKinnon managed to earn himself a point in the team’s overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, but his performance was short-lived with a shoulder injury taking him out not long after he participated in the team’s first goal of the night.

While the Avalanche would make a resurgent comeback in his absence, they weren’t able to close it out in regulation - and an overtime goal by Vancouver left Colorado suffering their third loss straight after a historic win streak.

Unfortunately, that means no MacKinnon on Thursday, as the Avs look to take on Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers - he’s out day-to-day with a shoulder injury. [Mile High Hockey]

It’s worth noting that MacKinnon has returned to Denver early with his injury, meaning that he’s at the very least missing Thursday’s game and likely Saturday’s, to boot. He could meet the team on the road in Winnipeg, but it seems like a bad sign that he’s being treated back home.

In some fun news, though, Mile High Hockey officially got the requisite number of retweets: so be on the lookout for a compelling case for the acquisition of Mitch Marner from our friends up in Toronto! Thanks to all who shared our tweet and spread the word, especially on #BellLetsTalk day:

We want to give a huge thank-you to everyone who participated in Bell Let’s Talk day, by the way.

Mental health has been an underdiscussed topic in society for far too long - and just like physical health, it’s important to take care of our minds and bodies.

Whether you’re suffering from depression, PTSD, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, or another condition - and whether it’s mild or severe, temporary or life-long, debilitating or not - no one should have to treat their mental health like a dark secret.

Everyone gets colds. Every year - EVERY YEAR - more than 3 million people are diagnosed with strep throat. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, while one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. About 30,000 people are diagnosed with Type One diabetes every year, and it’s estimated that between six and nine million people in the United States alone have scoliosis.

Having a mental illness isn’t a dark secret, and it shouldn’t be treated that way. So if you joined in and hashtagged #BellLetsTalk on Wednesday, we appreciate taking that small step to end the stigma; hopefully, you’ll continue to provide safe environments for people to discuss and embrace their mental health for the other 364 days in the year, as well.

If you missed the movement, that’s okay! Here are a couple of the stories shared to help end the stigma:

From former NHLer Corey Hirsch, here’s an incredible look into his journey to discovering he lives with OCD, and how he’s learned to cope. [The Player’s Tribune]

Another former high-level goaltender told her story as well. Here’s Kendra Fisher, talking about what anxiety and panic disorder can do to someone’s well-being, and how she hopes to change the conversation. [TPT]

Rich Clune opened up about alcoholism and drug addiction, and how he’s learned that people are okay with him being the sober guy in the room. [TPT]

For those who may be suffering from temporary mental health concerns, here’s an excellent piece by former hockey pro Adam Estoclet about what life can be like living with post-concussion syndrome.

Personally, this one resonated with me quite a bit; after a third concussion in 2014, I spent a few years away from hockey and went through similar symptoms. If you read this piece and would like to reach out to Adam about what he talked about, he provides an email address - and he’s an incredibly supportive contact to make. Don’t be afraid to give him a shout to discuss his piece further. [TPT]

This is also a video worth watching, honoring Rick Rypien as the seven-year anniversary of his death approaches:

Finally, we’ll wrap up our links on a slightly higher note, with a fun piece from our friends over at Mile High Sports, looking at what makes Samuel Girard so good. [Mile High Sports]