PHT Morning Skate: Wayne Gretzky will be making an appearance on ‘The Simpsons’

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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.

–On Dec. 11, Wayne Gretzky will appear on an episode of The Simpsons. (NHL)

–Speaking of hockey players making TV appearances…Brent Burns is in the new Dollar Beard Club commercial. (Top)

–Is the condensed schedule to blame for the seemingly higher number of injuries this season? (ESPN)

–Misha Donskov went from selling medical supplies to being a key part of the Vegas team’s front office. (Sports Illustrated)

–Canadiens forward Paul Byron has been terrific this season. (Canadian Press)

–The Islanders skated with some visually impaired children on Thursday: