Craig An­der­son, G, Se­na­tors

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When: In­def­i­nitely. What’s up: An­der­son last week be­gan a sec­ond leave of ab­sence to be with his wife, Ni­cholle, as she un­der­went chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion treat­ment in New York for na­sopha­ryn­geal car­ci­noma, a rare form of throat can­cer.

Back­ground: When An­der­son was with the Avalanche from 200911, Ni­cholle No­lasco was here with him, even be­fore the cou­ple was mar­ried in Mi­ami Beach in July 2010. She taught at Coy­ote Hills El­e­men­tary in Au­rora dur­ing An­der­son’s first sea­son with the Avalanche, when he was ter­rific and car­ried his team more than Pa­trick Roy ever had to do. An­der­son was a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to her class that year. “I spent a lot of time with the kids, play­ing kick­ball and help­ing them with their home­work,” An­der­son said in the sum­mer of 2010. For An­der­son’s sec­ond sea­son with Colorado, af­ter they were mar­ried, Ni­cholle gave up the full-time job, did sub­sti­tute teach­ing and was ac­tive in the Avs’ Bet­ter Halves or­ga­ni­za­tion. With his two-year con­tract com­ing to an end and ne­go­ti­a­tions on a new deal at a stand­still, the Avalanche traded An­der­son to Ot­tawa for Brian El­liott in Fe­bru­ary 2011, and he has been with the Se­na­tors ever since.

Frei’s take: The hockey world (and more) is root­ing for Ni­cholle An­der­son.

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