From freep.com; Abdelkader participated in the "Skate With the Pros," charity event. A part of Michigan State hockey's ongoing "Shoot for a Cure" initiative.
Fans paid $10 to skate with Abdelkader and other former Spartans playing in the NHL, like Anaheim's Drew Miller, and there was an autograph session after the skate. Proceeds went to the Brandon's Defense Foundation, a charity started in honor of Brandon Gordon of DeWitt, a youth hockey player. Gordon died in February after a two-year bout with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer.
Ok, so I guess they had to mention Drew "Hey, isn't that Ryan's brother?" Miller's name. Drew was on the '08 Cup champ Ducks squad, but c'mon...people went to see Abbadabbadoo.
Oh and Abdelkader continues to impress me with the way he handles himself in regards to the meda:
"It's definitely an adjustment, coming from college to the pro ranks. It's a lot different playing 80 games and all the travel that comes with it. The road trips are obviously tough. It's an adjustment, but it's a fun adjustment because you're playing a sport as your job and career. I've been really fortunate to be able to do that."
Keep that attitude, son. Especially when Ken comes to you this year about signing before you become a restricted free-agent next year. Take a Leino-ish contract; take it and run.
So while Cabbie Slapper Pat Kane in Chicago is out running around commiting misdemeanor crimes, Helm and Abdelkader have been raising money for charity...hmmmm.