PHT Morning Skate: (Video) ECHL fans toss thousands of teddy bears onto ice

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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.

The 8,501 fans in attendance to watch their ECHL Bakersfield Condors play the Utah Grizzlies on Saturday tossed 7,358 teddy bears onto the ice for charity. (Puck Daddy)

Here’s what that looks like:

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The Vancouver Canucks took on the Montreal Canadiens in a Movember contest. Montreal won, so the Canucks had to pay the consequences:

Although the odds of the NHL coming back to Hartford like it did with Winnipeg are slim, there’s still a small, but dedicated group hoping for the league’s return. (Boston Globe)

Syracuse Crunch forward Yanni Gourde, 22, has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Month. (AHL.com)

Columbus Blue Jackets rookie Kerby Rychel recounts his NHL debut. (Bluejackets.nhl.com)

Daniel Alfredsson is expected to participate in the Ottawa Senators’ pregame warmup on Thursday before he officially retires. (Ottawa Sun)