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FHN Today: Jonathan Huberdeau Offers Brain to CTE Research

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Former Florida Panthers star forward Jonathan Huberdeau said he would donate his brain to Project Enlist Canada for research on brain injuries.

Per the CBC, Huberdeau joined former astronaut Marc Garneau, all-Ivy hockey star Kalley Armstrong and Major General Denis Thompson (retired) as well as 170 Canadian armed forces members and veterans in making the pledge.

The program researches numerous brain traumas including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to try and find ways to treat and diagnose these injuries.

“As an NHL player, I’m very aware of the impact of traumatic brain injuries, concussions and the link to other mental health issues,” Huberdeau said in a news release per the CBC.

“I’m proud to support Canadian military veterans by pledging to donate my brain to Project Enlist and support research to improve the quality of life of all military personnel who so bravely and courageously served our country.”

Huberdeau, 29, was traded from Florida to the Calgary Flames last month and recently signed an eight-year contract extension with the team worth $10.5 million annually.

PANTHERLAND

You still have plenty of time to get your questions in for another Florida Panthers FHN Mailbag.

We have already received a number of great questions and I am already compiling them to run right here on Thursday morning.

So, leave your questions in the comment section of this story, the original Mailbag story or on Twitter using #AskGR by Wednesday at 6 p.m.

— After getting beat up on a nightly basis the past two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Marc Staal is excited to be back in the spotlight with a contender after signing with the Panthers.

New coach Paul Maurice put the finishing touches on the Florida coaching staff for the coming season.

— Andrew Hammond will be in Panthers’ camp on a PTO and there could be a spot for him. Somewhere.

— Florida prospect Santtu Kinnunen got some nice words of praise from captain Sasha Barkov.

— We know the Panthers will have a Reverse Retro jersey this season — but what would you like it to look like? Here is your chance to design your own.

NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW

Speaking of the Flames, will Calgary play the waiting game when it comes to extending former Florida defenseman MacKenzie Weegar?

— Believe it or not, but there are still some pretty good free agents out on the market including P.K. Subban.

— Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin and Dmitry Orlov are both expected to make it back from Russia this week.

— Taking a look at how Steve Yzerman is building the Detroit Red Wings as compared to how he built the Lightning into a juggernaut.

— The Vegas Golden Knights signed a pair of players to three-year deals.

— Look for the San Jose Sharks to deal goalie James Reimer or Adin Hill before the season starts.

— Could the Montreal Canadiens take advantage of the goalie market — and will Vegas show interest in Jake Allen or Samuel Montembeault?

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