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 OHL’s London Knights had planned to honor Patrick Kane by naming one of their four training camp groups after him, but GM Basil McRae announced that there will no longer be a Team Kane. The former Knights player is reportedly facing rape allegations. The police confirmed they are investigating an incident that allegedly occurred at Kane’s residence. (London Free Press)
Quebec City has reached the third phase of the NHL expansion process, but this still might not end up going Quebecor’s way. (Sportsnet)
Allan Muir created a hockey version of the Seven Wonders of the World. (Sports Illustrated)
With the start of training camp around the corner, what the Winnipeg Jets should do with Dustin Byfuglien is still up for debate. (Winnipeg Sun)
Wayne Simmonds is optimistic about the Philadelphia Flyers going into the 2015-16 campaign, but he feels they have to “work out our inconsistencies.” (Yahoo)
The University of Alberta’s hockey team will play against the Edmonton Oilers’ rookies, including Connor McDavid, on Sept. 16. (Edmonton Sun)
Tyler Johnson’s broken wrist is “recovering on the time line” it’s supposed to, he told the Tampa Bay Times yesterday.
The dynamic Lightning forward has been able to remove the brace he was forced to wear and said he’s “going to do everything I possibly can to be ready” for training camp.
Johnson broke his right wrist in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final versus the Blackhawks. He went into the series as a legitimate Conn Smythe Trophy candidate, but was held to just one goal and one assist as Chicago beat the Bolts in six games.
Despite the injury, Johnson still finished the postseason with 23 points, tied for the lead with Patrick Kane.
EA Sports announced that Patrick Kane will not appear on the cover of their upcoming video game NHL 16.
Here’s the statement they released on Wednesday:
If that tweet is giving you trouble, here’s the text of the release:
“In light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA Sports NHL 16.
He will not appears on the cover nor participate in other promotional activities.”
The original plan called for Kane to be on the cover of the title with Jonathan Toews. It would have been a callback to the past, as Kane was the cover star for NHL 10 while Toews took over that role for NHL 11.
Instead, it appears that Toews will be alone for NHL 16:
ESPN’s Katie Strang reports that Kane, 26, may lose other sponsors depending upon how the ongoing rape investigation turns out.