A day of rest was needed for the Colorado Avalanche as they were delayed departing St. Louis and did not arrive to Chicago until 5am yesterday morning. Therefore practice was canceled and any lineup news is forthcoming at morning skate before facing the Blackhawks tonight.
Continuing amends on an unfortunate situation a joint statement was released by Colorado Eagles owner and CEO Martin Lind and Akim Aliu.
Akim Aliu and Martin Lind, owner of the Colorado Eagles, have released a joint statement... pic.twitter.com/zlURrRAr4N— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 17, 2019
For subscribers to the Athletic, a very interesting in-depth piece about Yu Sato who plays in the QMJHL for the Quebec Remparts. The Avalanche have Japanese player in their minor system in Yuri Terao who currently plays for the Utah Grizzlies and likely has experienced a similar journey playing hockey in North America.
Nothing about Yu Sato’s journey from Japan to Quebec City was supposed to happen. His discovery of hockey. Hockey’s discovery of him. None of it.— Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) December 17, 2019
But now he’s here, worlds away from everything he knows. His story: https://t.co/eEPeM9S3rC pic.twitter.com/6x3cNGmLd6
The Philadelphia Flyers planned many ways to show their support and help the cause at their first home game since Oskar Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma last week. #OskarStrong
Flyers plans for tonight's game and supporting Oskar Lindblom, including 20,000 "I Fight For" signs, the Flyers wearing (and then auctioning off) Hockey Fights Cancer warmups jerseys, selling #OskarStrong T-shirts and more pic.twitter.com/S1s8QUqaOs— Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) December 17, 2019
On a lighter note, Canada’s World Junior Championship team enjoyed a day off in Vienna ahead of their exhibition games this week.