PHT Morning Skate: NHLers and visas; Youppi! the HOFer

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• “NHL players who need their work visas extended through the post-season were ‘strongly encouraged’ this week to return to Canada or the United States (depending on which of the two countries they play in) by June 21.” [Sportsnet]

• Surveying medical experts to get their thoughts on the NHL’s Return to Play plan. [The Score]

• Canadiens mascot Youppi! has been inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame. [CTV]

• The Ottawa Sun apologized and ran a correction on Friday for errors in two stories published by the paper last week about the Senators Foundation cutting ties with the NHL team. [TSN]

• Despite not having a pick in the first two rounds, the 2017 Draft has paid off for the Blue Jackets. [1st Ohio Battery]

• John Stevens and Peter Laviolette remain in the hunt for the Devils’ coaching job. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

• Why did Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut leave for the KHL? [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• The NHL Coaches’ Association clinic provides a stepping stone for black coaches with a weeklong gathering offering opportunities for learning, networking, and mentoring. []


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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