PHT Morning Skate: Rene Rancourt sings Christmas carols during intermission

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–Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt sang some Christmas carols during one of yesterday’s intermissions. I’m still not sure why he was on the bench next to a bear while he sang the songs, but you should just check it out for yourself. (Sportsnet)

–TSN’s Darren Dreger shares the moving  story of Casey O’Brien, who’s the head coach of the Yorkton Terriers. O’Brien has faced many challenges in his playing and coaching career, including being deaf. “As a player there were more challenges I faced than I do as a coach. The biggest one was hearing your teammates and coaches on the ice. I had to survive at the higher levels as most times I had to play without my hearing aids due to them breaking down from sweat,” he told the Dreger Report.

–Since being bought out by the Buffalo Sabres in 2010, Tim Kennedy’s hockey career has taken him to Connecticut, Florida, Rochester, Texas, Massachusetts, San Jose, Phoenix, Maine, Pennsylvania, Russia, Finland  and Sweden. But now, he’s back in the Sabres’ organization with AHL Rochester. “I think your time in hockey goes quick, and you have to like the experience. You have to just take advantage of it, and it’s cool to be the older guy now and just help these young guys hopefully mature into really good young professionals,” said Kennedy. (Buffalo News)

Shea Weber is a man of few words, so it’s rare that we get to see what he’s like behind the scenes. This Sports Illustrated piece shows that he’s not just a serious, no-nonsense guy. He also spoke about the trade to Montreal and how hard it was to leave Nashville.  “I’d been there so long with some guys, they become almost like family. I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but it’s been really good so far,” said Weber. (Sports Illustrated)

–Prior to last night’s game against the Dallas Stars, Vladimir Tarasenko helped a fan fix a flat tire. Obviously, those smooth hands aren’t just for scoring goals. (Bardown)

–Here’s another feel-good story from the hockey world. T.J. Oshie and the Washington Capitals helped surprise this young boy, who lost his father in a military accident. This is awesome: