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PHT Morning Skate: Massachusetts Governor lives up to Stanley Cup bet

Jul 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick testifies before the House Energy Committee about the impact of the health care reform act on states during a hearing on Capitol Hill March 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Under the leadership of potential GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Massachusetts began a universal health care program for all residents in 2006.
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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.

23-year-old forward Eric O’Dell has signed a two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets. (

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has honored his Stanley Cup bet with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. (Boston Herald)

NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr thinks the top four players selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft could already be NHL ready. (

Francois Allaire has officially been selected as the Avalanche’s new goaltending coach. (Denver Post)

Former Yale University goaltender Jeff Malcolm has joined the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack. (Wolf Pack’s official website)

Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot thinks his previous international experience helped him land an invite to Team Canada’s orientation camp. (Ottawa Citizen)

  1. comeonnowguys - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Best political sports bet in a long, long time.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      shoulda bet for the rights to any copper piping they can grab in Detroit.

      • valoisvipers - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Detroit has enough trouble and doesn’t need to be the target of your bad joke. A little sensitivity is in order.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        i’m sorry, had no clue my joke in a comments section of a hockey website would hurt the city of Detroit’s feelings. didn’t know it reads the PHT Morning Skate.

  2. amityvillefun - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I NEVER want to see this hack’s face on PHT again! This clown isn’t helping Massachusetts at all, in fact, he’s making it worse! More corruption and lies from our elected officials….but hey, nothing new, right??

    I come here for the enjoyment of HOCKEY. Leave the politics OUT OF IT. This is nothing more than face time for this bozo with his “presidential aspirations.”

    This poseur can’t even name the Bruins starting line up! He’s not a Bruins fan and is a lousy governor. I can’t wait until he’s gone.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      somebody seeing politics in a simple city-pride sporting bet may be taking it too far.

  3. amityvillefun - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Trust me, he didn’t do it because he “loves hockey” or is a “Bruins fan.” He did it to plaster his face around a little more.

    Go drive your Caddy off a cliff Deval. Leave my hockey alone.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      yeah but look at what they wagered… volunteer work at food banks. Quinn, although he won the bet, still volunteered at the Chicago food bank. that fact probably would have gone both ways. if Patrick won the bet, he’d probably be right there with Quinn in the bank. it was good natured, whether he watches hockey every night or not. you don’t have to be a super-fan of every major sports team to be a fan of your city and promote volunteerism. just saying.

  4. amityvillefun - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Yeah, but his motives suck. If he cared about about people, he’d actually help the state he got elected in. This is a PR move – nothing more.

    Congrats to Chicago, no problem at all there, but Menino and Patrick should just leave the “bread and circuses” to the surfs… They got their noses in everything else!

    • ibieiniid - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      you sure have a lot of rhetoric…

  5. amityvillefun - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    You like it when your hard earned money is given away to illegals and people unwilling to work a job? That’s what this guy does.

    Which is why I resent his ugly face on this site! He knows NOTHING about hockey – and here he is…

    Someone sick Matt Cooke on this guy.

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