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October 2018

Player Spotlight

Paul Byron, Montreal Canadiens

This month’s player spotlight is on Montreal Canadiens’ forward, Paul Byron. The Ottawa native was selected 179th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. After several “up and down” seasons between the Sabres’ and Flames’ organizations, Paul was claimed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens in 2015. Paul has since achieved career-highs in all statist...

This month’s player spotlight is on Montreal Canadiens’ forward, Paul Byron. The Ottawa native was selected 179th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. After several “up and down” seasons between the Sabres’ and Flames’ organizations, Paul was claimed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens in 2015. Paul has since achieved career-highs in all statistical categories and continues to be one of the Canadiens most impactful and consistent forwards. On 23-Sep-18, Paul signed a well-earned four-year, $13.6 million-dollar contract extension. Click the link below to learn more about Paul’s amazing story.

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The Pejcinovski Legacy Gala

In March 2018, a family from Ajax, Ontario was inflicted with a tragedy that shocked the hockey community. The sadness that followed the loss of the three family members reverberated throughout Canada. On 25-Oct-18, the inaugural gala will be held to support the Pejcinovski family and to honour the lives of the three victims; Krissy, a loving mother; Vana, a bright 13-year old, and...

In March 2018, a family from Ajax, Ontario was inflicted with a tragedy that shocked the hockey community. The sadness that followed the loss of the three family members reverberated throughout Canada. On 25-Oct-18, the inaugural gala will be held to support the Pejcinovski family and to honour the lives of the three victims; Krissy, a loving mother; Vana, a bright 13-year old, and Roy, a star AAA goalie in the GTHL.

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2018-19 Stanley Cup Predictions

With the 2018-19 NHL season starting this week, the discussion of playoff positioning is still months away. However, it is always interesting to “bring out the crystal ball” with some bold Stanley Cup predications. Check out the link below to view some of GAVIN’s postseason predictions, along with the most recent Vegas odds and media selections.

Stanley Cup Predictions

September 2018

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NHL19 Ratings Revealed

Let the debate begin! Earlier this month, EA Sports released their increasingly popular “game rating” scores ahead of the NHL 19 game release on 13-Sep-18. After leading the league in scoring last season with 108 points, Edmonton Oiler captain, Connor McDavid, edged out Sidney Crosby to earn the league’s top game rating score of 94. Click the link below to see the leagues top...

Let the debate begin! Earlier this month, EA Sports released their increasingly popular “game rating” scores ahead of the NHL 19 game release on 13-Sep-18. After leading the league in scoring last season with 108 points, Edmonton Oiler captain, Connor McDavid, edged out Sidney Crosby to earn the league’s top game rating score of 94. Click the link below to see the leagues top 50 players ranked by EA Sports.

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Managing the Fortnite Fever

Fortnite, one of history’s most popular video games, has become a cultural sensation among eSport enthusiasts. Not surprisingly, NHL prospects have become some of the most passionate supporters. Recently, news broke that some NHL teams consider the video game a major distraction, even calling the pastime a serious addiction. Click below to hear the advice that some prospects ...

Fortnite, one of history’s most popular video games, has become a cultural sensation among eSport enthusiasts. Not surprisingly, NHL prospects have become some of the most passionate supporters. Recently, news broke that some NHL teams consider the video game a major distraction, even calling the pastime a serious addiction. Click below to hear the advice that some prospects were given.

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Player Spotlight

Morgan Klimchuk, Calgary Flames

This month’s player spotlight is on Calgary Flames’ prospect, Morgan Klimchuk. In 2011, the young Regina, Saskatchewan native entered the Western Hockey League, joining his hometown Pats. Morgan’s junior career concluded in 2014-15 with more than a point-per-game in 261 regular season contents. In 2017-18, Morgan appeared in his first NHL game and he is on the Flames...

This month’s player spotlight is on Calgary Flames’ prospect, Morgan Klimchuk. In 2011, the young Regina, Saskatchewan native entered the Western Hockey League, joining his hometown Pats. Morgan’s junior career concluded in 2014-15 with more than a point-per-game in 261 regular season contents. In 2017-18, Morgan appeared in his first NHL game and he is on the Flames’ roster for the upcoming trip to China. Like many young athletes, Morgan’s recreation activities include a passion for eSports. Check out the link to watch Klimmer describe his enthusiasm for gaming and view clips of his Fortnite skills!

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August 2018

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Melanie Auld Jewelry

Melanie Auld, wife of NHL veteran Alex, created Melanie Auld Jewelry in 2013. Designed in Vancouver, BC, the contemporary jewelry continues to grow in popularity worldwide. Click the link below to learn more about Melanie’s company and don’t be afraid to use GAVIN’s very own promo code!

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Game Changer for Danger

On 7-July-18, NHL veteran, Shawn Matthias, and his long-time girlfriend Sarah Elmer, gathered with their closest friends and family to celebrate their marriage. After a lengthy ribbing by former roommate, Erik Gudbranson, the evening took an unexpected turn when Sarah’s bridesmaids took the stage. Click the link below to check out this great video capturing the unforgettable moment...

On 7-July-18, NHL veteran, Shawn Matthias, and his long-time girlfriend Sarah Elmer, gathered with their closest friends and family to celebrate their marriage. After a lengthy ribbing by former roommate, Erik Gudbranson, the evening took an unexpected turn when Sarah’s bridesmaids took the stage. Click the link below to check out this great video capturing the unforgettable moment.

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Player Spotlight

Stew Remembers Ray Emery

It was with tremendous sadness that I learned of Ray’s passing on the morning of 15-Jul-18. I have been involved in professional hockey for almost 40 years but never has the loss of life been so close to home. The hockey community has been sadly affected by numerous heartbreaking deaths over the years. Several premature departures come to mind … the immense grief of the Humboldt, S...

It was with tremendous sadness that I learned of Ray’s passing on the morning of 15-Jul-18. I have been involved in professional hockey for almost 40 years but never has the loss of life been so close to home. The hockey community has been sadly affected by numerous heartbreaking deaths over the years. Several premature departures come to mind … the immense grief of the Humboldt, Swift Current or Lokomotiv disasters linger infinitely, as well.

I met Ray in 2002-03, in his first professional season. While I don’t think Ray could be characterized as shy, he was initially quiet but thoughtful. But, his passion and charismatic qualities did not take long to surface. Like most athletes who reach the pinnacle of their sport, Ray was competitive, driven and confident. These attributes would serve Ray well during his memorable eleven NHL seasons. For many, it takes several years to settle into their life-after-hockey lifestyle, and Ray was only two seasons removed from his last appearance. With Ray’s engaging personality, he was an individual who without a doubt would adapt well to a second career.

To realize our dreams, we need the support and encouragement from loved ones. Ray was fortunate to be surrounded by a devoted family. Paul and Sharlene are wonderful people and parents. While I share in their sadness, the grief they suffer is immeasurable. To honour their dedication to their son, we will remember Razor for his generosity, courage and his passion for life.

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