Good-guy Conroy honoured

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

As a parent, Craig Conroy hopes he teaches his three daughters plenty of life lessons.

Especially about being a good person and good citizen.

The Calgary Flames centre puts those ideals to use, and can show his family how it comes back to you.

The veteran centre was named recipient of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, presented each year to the Flames player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication ton community service.

"I think it means a lot to them, all the stuff I do when I'm gone -- practice, come home and leave again -- they're like, 'OK, dad's doing something good,' " Conroy said of the honour.

"For me, it means a lot."

Conroy is a regular participant at all Flames events, as well as spokesman for The Flames Foundation for Life.

One happy Duck

Curtis McElhinney doesn't have a bigger role with the Anaheim Ducks compared to his time with the Flames.

Still, the goaltender traded at the deadline for Vesa Toskala is starting to find his way.

"So far, no complaints, it's been a good experience," he said.

McElhinney has played in two games for the Ducks, both relief appearances, and collected the win in a 5-4 OT victory against the New York Islanders.

Tucker suspended

Colorado Avalanche forward Darcy Tucker will miss Wednesday's game against Los Angeles after receiving a one-game suspension, without pay, for making excessive physical contact on an icing play in Monday's game against the Kings.

Head-shot rule coming

The NHL's board of governors has approved a new rule on blindsided hits to the head, even though one hasn't been formally submitted by the league's competition committee.

A league statement posted on NHL.com Tuesday indicated the owners unanimously approved a rule prohibiting hits on an unsuspecting player where the primary point of contact is the head.

However, a spokesman for the NHLPA said a rule hadn't been submitted by the competition committee -- as per the process outlined in the CBA.


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