PHT Morning Skate: Ray Bourque and the Bruins Foundation made a local youth team’s dream come true


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 Bruins spread some Holiday cheer by giving a group of Franklin Youth Hockey players some tickets to the 2016 Winter Classic. (Above)

–“In my team in KHL, if you dump the puck, coach might put you on bench and you never go out and play hockey again. It’s true.” Evgeny Kuznetsov talks about how he learned to play hockey in Russia. (The Players’ Tribune)

–ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun looks at Claude Julien’s unlikely path to the Winter Classic. (ESPN)

–What’s the reward for being named the Florida Panthers’ player of the game? This hooded sweatshirt that has Kevin Spacey’s head on it. (Miami Herald)

–The Boston Bruins got to skate on the Gillette Stadium ice with their families ahead of tomorrow’s Winter Classic tilt against the Montreal Canadiens.

–Craig Button, Eddie Olczyk, Doug MacLean, Pierre McGuire, Tom Laidlaw and Neil Smith had an Original Six fantasy draft with today’s NHLers. The first overall pick may surprise you. (USA Today).