PHT Morning Skate: (Video) Young Bruins fan gets to fist-bump entire team


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.

Liam Fitzgerald is an eight-year-old who has Down syndrome and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at four. He battled with cancer for three and a half years and has beaten it. He’s also a big Adam McQuaid fan, to the point where Liam dressed up as him for Halloween in 2013. When McQuaid learned of him, the Bruins defenseman arranged for him and his family to be guests at a game in February. He was invited back on Tuesday and this was the result:

The Boston Globe recently did a feature on Liam.

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Flames head coach Bob Hartley thinks he’ll get the most out of Sean Monahan by putting him on the ice against the league’s best players. (Calgary Sun)

Japan isn’t regarded as a major hockey power, but 11-year-old Iguchi Aito is pretty impressive:

Here’s a list of what the top NHL head coaches reportedly make:

Keep in mind, it’s believed that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is looking for $3 million annually.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano was very happy with how his team played against the Los Angeles Kings last night. (LA Kings Insider)

The Anaheim Ducks’ recent injury woes have present Jason LaBarbera with his latest opportunity to prove himself. (Orange County Register)