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PHT Morning Skate: Where Canadiens players visit Montreal Children’s Hospital

Dec 8, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Brian Gionta

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Flames GM Jay Feaster is pleased by the number of his team’s prospects that have been invited to 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary roster camps for their respective countries. (

The OHL London Knights are enjoying a 17-game winning streak. Their franchise record is 18. (Sportsnet)

Brian Gionta, Erik Cole, and a number of other former and current Canadiens players paid a visit to Montreal Children’s Hospital on Friday. (Montreal Gazette)

Pierre LeBrun thinks that the NHL and union are close to a deal, despite the recent “theatrics.” (ESPN)

A look at 14-year-old Tyler Benson. He appears to be worthy of the “exceptional player clause,” which would allow him to join the Western Hockey League next season. (Sportsnet)

Shawn Horcoff thinks the NHL is attempting an “obvious” divide-and-conquer strategy to separate the players and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr. (Edmonton Journal)

  1. valoisvipers - Dec 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Not to be a grinch on this good deed or anything but I’m sure the players loved giving away those $500 sticks paid for by Molson.Anyway I am really happy that the players did visit the sick kids and brighten up their day, good on them as others are “busy twitting” photos of their views.

    • tatdue - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Wow you’re a jerk….Maybe you should try reading the article before making absolutely stupid comments like that one……The players did a very good thing there and they organised it on there own as well because it’s something that they do every year and they didn’t want to not go just because of the lock out! They also weren’t handing out $500 sticks either, they were handing out autographed mini sticks, photos, and hats. They made a lot of kids that are very sick very happy and that deserves praise not the bull$hit that you wrote….I’m sorry that you are missing watching hockey games but that doesn’t mean that you should be a classless douche over it……

      • valoisvipers - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        Tatoo I know what the article said and I also saw local footage on some real size sticks being handed out as well. Never did I say that this wasn’t a good thing for the kids and I did give the players kudos doing this annual visit. Perhaps you are objecting to my pot shot at other players that are partying and living the life of Riley while people are struggling to get by because their lively hoods depend on the NHL playing games.

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