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.
The Washington Capitals are embracing virtual reality for development and fan experiences. PHT is embracing the joy of finding funny photos of people in virtual reality helmets. (Capitals)
Aside: goofy hockey players in goofy helmet pictures better surface.
Justin Bourne discusses the increasingly valuable ability for defensemen to shoot around shot blockers. (The Score)
Now this is some quality trolling: Sean McIndoe gauges the “validity” of Stanley Cup wins. So, so many people left angry … especially if they only skim. (Grantland)
On Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs winning the 2015 Lester Patrick Award. (CSNNE)
Scotty Bowman would tweak a couple rules if he was in charge. (Bleacher Report)
Milan Lucic and four players who can rebound during the 2015-16 season. (The Hockey News)
Should Alex Galchenyuk play at center or wing? (TSN)
Last summer, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge generated a ton of donations – and almost ubiquitous videos, sometimes ones that were very ambitious – for charity.
Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Ladd tweeted his submission along with the hashtag #EveryAugustUntilACure on Tuesday, reminding hockey fans that the drive is going again in 2015.
He challenged Jonathan Toews, teammate Adam Lowry and TV personality Cabbie Richards to continue the icy promotion in his tweet and clip:
Hey, we can let the your/you’re thing slide just this once, Laddie.
As a bonus, here are a few memorable Ice Bucket Challenge entries from last summer.
Apparently Jonathan Toews already did one, does that exempt him from Ladd’s challenge?
To little surprise, Roberto Luongo’s submission brought some laughs:
Ryan Kesler did his part:
P.K. Subban would take the NHL-version cake:
… If it weren’t for BizNasty:
Yeah, it will require a bucket of creativity to top 2014.
Max Pacioretty is renowned for getting injured often yet recovering with seemingly mutant powers, so it’s not too surprising that his injury update is optimistic.
“Wolverine” is doing well when it comes to his knee injury rehab, as the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs reports:
There wasn’t an update regarding Pacioretty sharpening his adamantium claws, however.
Speaking of bad jokes, he appeared in this amusing comedy club video, although fellow Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher fared a little better:
Then again, Gallagher has more experience yapping, so you’d expect him to boast superior comic delivery, right?
Jonathan Quick turned some heads with his effusive praise of Pacioretty, 26, yet the American winger needs to heal up to show how underrated he really is. We’ll still need to wait and see if he’s ready for the start of the 2015-16 season (the prognosis was a three-month recovery back in June), but the early outlook seems promising.