Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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NHL Players to wear pink mouthguards Saturday; Wild curator making donation

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news, Wild practice Updated: October 29, 2010 - 6:36 PM

Good evening from Minnesota. Couple things I've been meaning to put up the last couple days.

1. On Saturday, in the Toronto Maple Leafs-New York Rangers game, to show their support for the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative and the fight against breast cancer, some players will be hitting the ice in limited edition pink ArmourBite performance mouthguards.

The players are Toronto's Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf, Mike Komisarek and Kris Versteeg and the Rangers' Derek Boogaard, Ryan Callahan, Sean Avery and Michael Del Zotto.

ArmourBite, the patented technology in Under Armour’s performance Mouthwear, was created by Bite Tech, Inc., the Minneapolis-based company I mentioned a few weeks ago that former Wild center Cam Stewart works for.

2. Wild curator Roger Godin has written a new book called, "Red, White and Blue on Ice: Minnesota's Elite Teams and Players of the 1920s, 30s and 40s." He's donating the proceeds to the Herb Brooks Foundation's Rink Rat program.

The book tells Minnesota's largely untold story of successful pro teams. Godin will host book signings at Xcel Energy Center before Wild games on Nov. 2, Dec. 3, Dec. 16 and 20. The can be purchased at amazon.com.

Herb Brooks Foundation's Rink Rat program, in conjunction with the Minneapolis Police Activities League, is dedicated to providing inner-city children the chance to play, learn and love the game of hockey at no cost.

By the way, the entire Wild organization will be announcing soon what it'll be doing for Movember, where men grow moustaches to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. There's a bunch of cool stuff they're planning, but to answer some emails I've gotten, yes, Wild players plan to begin growing staches again Nov. 1. You may remember, last year was pretty doggone funny.

Here's the story I did at the start of the campaign last season.

Talk to you Saturday after the morning skates.

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