PHT Morning Skate: The science of Joe Thornton’s beard

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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.

Here’s the science behind Joe Thornton‘s massive beard. More specifically: Has it gotten so big that it can actually impact his game? (

Braden Holtby will be marching in Capital Pride Parade on Saturday. (Associated Press)

James Mirtle argues that Phil Kessel‘s performance with Pittsburgh has made it “indisputable” that the Maple Leafs sold low. (The Globe and Mail)

On the subject, here’s a non-scientific survey of what Leafs fans think of Kessel now. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

It’s believed that the Boston Bruins will draft a defenseman with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, but that might change if Kieffer Bellows is available. (CSN New England)

In 2008 a temporary exhibit in Sidney Crosby‘s hometown of Halifax opened up featuring the Penguins star, but roughly eight years later its still running due to its popularity. (Canadian Press)