Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Stars White Out Againt Cancer; Linkorama

As a reminder for anyone living in a cave, the Lincoln Stars will hold a "White Out Against Cancer" this Friday night at the IceBox to benefit the American Cancer Society.  The Stars will be taking on the expansion Muskegon Lumberjacks.  Stars fans are encouraged to wear white to the game and participate in the "Jerseys Off Our Backs" auction which will be held at the conclusion of the game.  Click here to learn more.

This is a great cause, and the "Jerseys Off Our Backs" auction is one of the highlights of the home season each year.  I always enjoy watching the bidding, and jotting down how much each jersey was auctioned off for.  So make sure you bring your checkbook this Friday night and donate to a great cause.  The past two seasons, the Stars have raised over $60,000 for the American Cancer Society (2010) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (2009).  Click here to see the results from the 2010 ACS auction, and click here to see the results from the 2009 MDA auction. 

Along with the jersey auction, the Stars are also holding a "Buzz Cut Competition" to also benefit the ACS.  Click here to read more about that.  Stars forward John McCarron has a slight lead on rookie d-man Zach Frye and goaltender Lukas Hafner, so it appears it will come down to the very end to see which player will get "buzzed."  All in all, it's shaping up to be a fun game this Friday night, and it all benefits the ACS.  You can't beat that!

And now for some random Stars related info....

Former Stars forward Jimmy Hayes has signed an "amateur tryout agreement" with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.  The IceHogs are the AHL affiliate of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks, and it is the same time that former Star fan-favorite Brandon Bollig currently plays for.  Hayes, who just completed his junior season at Boston College University, is a former second round NHL draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs.    The Leafs traded the rights to Hayes last June to the Chicago Blackhawks.  Click here to read more from the IceHogs official website.  Congrats to Jimmy!

No link here, but I received an email earlier this week from a blog reader who told me the Stars have installed a net on the south end of the IceBox, similar to the net on the north end, to protect the fans in that south area from errant pucks.  As the reader who sent me the email mentioned, this move was probably inevitable.  Over the years, I've seen some people get hurt badly from pucks, so this is good news.  Some mind not like having to look through the net, but in my experience, after awhile you will forget it's there.  In the end, fan safety is priority.  In my opinion, I'm surprised it took this long to see a net on the south end.

Former Lincoln Stars radio announcer Gary Sharp is returning to Lincoln to be a part of the newly created KNTK 93.7 FM sports radio station.  Click here to read more.  I know a lot of hockey fans in this town have many fond recollections of Sharp calling Stars games, so I figured this would be a good story to pass along.


Another no-linker, the "little" brother of Stars forward John McCarron was recently picked to play for the U-17 Team USA squad next season.  Mike McCarron, who as a 15 year old is 6'5" and 220 pounds, will play next season in the USHL as a member of the U-17's.  There were some rumors earlier this season that Mike might suit up for a game or two for the Stars, but that never came to fruition.  Mike recently attended the USNTDP U-17 camp, and was subsequently named to the roster for next season.  I wish we could have seen him in a Stars uniform, but I'm happy that he'll be playing for Team USA.  What an honor to play for the red, white, and blue.  Congrats to Mike and the McCarron family.

Former Star, and current NHL all-star with the St. Louis Blues, David Backes and his wife Kelly in this video for AdoptAPet.com.  Gotta love a guy who sticks up for animals who need a home.

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