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PHT Morning Skate: Where Sens owner Melnyk makes young fan’s day

May 8, 2013, 7:11 AM EDT

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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.

An 11-year-old Senators fan was invited to watch yesterday’s 3-2 overtime win against Montreal from Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s personal suite. Melnyk made the offer after Keila Penner was told by her Montreal-area school that she couldn’t wear her Senators’ jersey. The rule was that the kids had to wear either their uniforms or Canadiens’ jerseys. (

Guillaume Latendresse noted his concussion history while defending his decision not to fight Montreal’s Ryan White in Game 2. Latendresse was a healthy scratch for Games 3 and 4. (Ottawa Citizen)

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien talks about the “Toronto Stronger” sign that made an appearance during Game 3 of the Bruins-Leafs series. “Sometimes the best and the worst comes out in the passion of our game.” (Boston Herald)

The Los Angeles Kings have called up a pair of goaltenders, 23-year-old Martin Jones and 21-year-old Jean-Francois Berube. (LA Kings Insider)

The case for Seth Jones being selected by the Colorado Avalanche with the number one pick. (Denver Post)

A recap of some of the recent 2013 IIHF World Championship action. (

Marty Turco will be hosting poker and golf fundraisers to help Children’s Medical Center. (Dallas News)

Highlights from the Islanders’ 6-4 win over Pittsburgh:

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  1. pensman29 - May 8, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Wow Montreal is messed up.

  2. pensman29 - May 8, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Wow Montreal is messed up.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Wow! Using you infinite wisdom deduce that a city is messed up because a school took a bone head decision. You must be a troll.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Wow! Using you infinite wisdom you deduce that a city is messed up because a school took a bone head decision. You must be a troll.

      • ribs108 - May 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Many schools discipline children for speaking english during recess, too. Montreal is messed up for LOTS of reasons. Put that in your pothole and smoke it!

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        This city has bigger problems than kids speaking English during recess. If you use that pea in your skull you would understand that the linguistic laws are driven by a different layer of Gov’t than at the municipal level. Let me put this in terms that you can understand. Bill 101, which is the linguistic bill passed in 1976 was passed at the Provincial level. In other words, Quebec. The municipalities in Quebec have no control.

  3. lordstanley65 - May 8, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    So what is the message that Montreal school put out for these kids? Don’t take a stand and have your own opinion or you will be shunned and sent home. Nice.

    • tfaltin - May 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Conform or be gone, yes. Another way to phrase it: With us or against us.

  4. tfaltin - May 8, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Chalk up another tally for why Ottawa has been more likeable than Montreal in this series. And in this case, valoisjoeybfeld69, I think the actions of a school can be examined as a microcosm of the city’s culture.

  5. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    The actions of three idiots in Cleveland, Ohio does not define a city. Someone in this school acted foolishly. Sad as it is, there are incompetent people displaying poor judgement at every level of our society. Doctors, lawyers, politicians, judges, CEOs, police officers etc. Perhaps liberalism is a stronger trait in Ottawa. That doesn’t mean Montreal is messed up. It means that the school district has a rogue decision maker they needs to be dealt with. .

    • 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Let’s not pretend there isn’t major elitism and language discrimination in Quebec, dude. I mean, come on. It’s not even close to just “one rogue decision maker.” Another day, another headline about Francophone insecurity gone too far. It’s kind of par for the course.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Ah! Now you have a point. There are major issues at the provincial level. However, there are other more pressing problems to resolve in Montreal other than linguistic ones. Montreal is a multi ethnic/cultural city with some linguistic radicals.

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    And kudos to Mr. Melnyk for taking action with class by turning a wrong into a right without resorting to unnecessary adjectives and classless words like some of you have done.

    • rigatonikid - May 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Isn’t this the same owner who instructed his season ticket holders to not sell or give tickets to Maple Leaf fans and has tried to ban maple leafs fans from wearing their jerseys in Scotia Bank Place. What happened to this child was wrong, but Melnyk certainly wouldn’t shy away from a camera and microphone. See it for what it is.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Did he actually do that? And he’s not from Montreal…. Wow!

      • rigatonikid - May 8, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        No, the ticket plan backfired from his own season ticket holders and the jersey issue was vetoed by the NHL. No, he’s not from Montreal…he’s a guy who made his millions and lives in Toronto, yet owns the franchise in Ottawa.

  7. thehighcountrybear - May 8, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    It was good of Melnyk to offer the suite, but were he a teacher or a bouncer at most clubs during playoffs, similar jobs we know, he’d know why team colours are a problem?

    It looks to me that Melnyk was up to more of Senators need to claim and presume right to a moral high ground, already manifest in Paul MacLean’s idiot claim of need for a timeout late-on. For the safety of his players yet?

    Senators’ inferiority complex relative to Canadiens’ superior history is worthy of pity…but only after the rest of the League laughs up their sleeves at the farce as it plays out!

    I’m surprised the school permitted any students to wear colours of any kind for reasons that should be obvious…kids get ragged-on and bullied for supporting non local teams, always!

    The teacher and the school made the right call, and may have saved the kid a bloody nose and a shredded jersey or worse! Common sense, nothing else….

    • windmiller4 - May 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      youre a frickin moron

      • thehighcountrybear - May 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        And you windmiller4 are a simpering twat with the intellect of a gnat…

        That should be ‘you’re a frickin’ moron Sir…when may I be permitted to kiss your ring?’

        Away with you insect…

      • windmiller4 - May 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Aww thats cute, you talk about the sens having an inferiority complex when its actually you that has one. Speaking of intelligence, your numerous posts on here show your lack of it, so maybe try not to throw stones when you live in a glass house? Your immature and imbilcilic ranting has shown that you’re an extremely dense person, making all arguments of yours null and void. Just like you, your opinion is 100% invalid.

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