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Morning Flurries: Nathan MacKinnon completes his All-Star duties

The break is almost over!

2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game - Pacific Division v Central Division Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

There is light at the end of the tunnel. The Colorado Avalanche return to practice tomorrow and will travel to Philadelphia for their first game after the break on February 1st.

From All-Star weekend, Nathan MacKinnon participated in the fastest skater competition in the video below but did not beat Connor McDavid — that honor went to Mathew Barzal. MacKinnon also helped represent the Central Division in the All-Star Game, but they fell 10-5 to the eventual champion Pacific Division in their only match.

While Cale Makar wasn’t at the All-Star Game, he wasn’t forgotten, as the NHL Network panel discussed some poll question results.

Ryan Clark of The Athletic details Ian Cole’s hip surgery and recovery from last summer.

Avalanche prospect Sampo Ranta was named Big 10 Second Star of the Week for his efforts in a Minnesota weekend sweep of Ohio State, in which he scored three goals, added an assist, fired 15 shots on goal and was a plus-7 in the two games.

No details on how and when they plan to achieve it, but it has been revealed that Vegas wants to move an AHL franchise close to home.

From the Editor

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day in Canada. An annual tradition that helps raise money for mental health initiatives around the country. For all the faults of the corporately run initiative (and there are many), today is important because it not only raises money for organizations that need it, but it also opens up a discussion towards ending the stigma or discussing one’s mental health.

Everyone is affected by mental illness, whether it be yourself or someone you know. Some choose to speak publicly about it, others are forced to deal with it in silence. Either way, no one should feel ashamed or threatened by their issues or how people will perceive them if they want to talk. The goal of Let’s Talk Day is to remind people that mental illness is still viewed by many in a way that is counter to a healthy society. Being open and vulnerable with anxiety, depression, or any other mental illness should not be a burned, it should not be stigmatized. It should be treated the way any other health issue is. Sick, not weak.

Watch this video, sent a couple tweets with #BellLetsTalk, do whatever you can to help out today - and every day.

Here is more information about how you can help out the fund raising:

Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these communications on Bell Let’s Talk Day, at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service providers for online or phone access:

Talk: Every mobile and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers

Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers

Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk, featuring the special Bell Let’s Talk emoji, and every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at

Facebook: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame

Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at

Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view

YouTube: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at

Since the first Bell Let’s Talk Day in 2011, Canadians and people around the world have sent a total of more than 1 billion messages of support for mental health, bringing Bell’s total commitment to $100,695,763.75, which includes the company’s original $50 million anchor donation when Bell Let’s Talk launched in 2010.

The Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative is focused on 4 key action pillars: Anti-stigma, Care and Access, Research and Workplace Leadership. Since its launch in September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,000 organizations providing mental health services throughout Canada, including hospitals, universities and other care and research organizations. To learn more, please visit