PHT Morning Skate: Return to Play reaction; reviewing Chayka

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• Even in Toronto, you can’t get away from Gritty.

• “The players arrived at the rink wearing masks. During TV timeouts, the ice crew wore gloves and masks. Between periods, a cleaning crew sterilized the bench areas wearing masks, gloves and medical gowns. Between games, it sterilized everything again — benches, penalty boxes, locker rooms. Not only did it replace the water bottles, it replaced the water bottle holders.” []

• “While disorienting to see ribbons of blue and silver tarp covering the empty lower bowl at Scotiabank Arena for a Toronto-Montreal game, no fans meant perfect sight lines for an ice level close-up cameras, one of the many elements this COVID-19 coverage allows the NHL.” [Toronto Sun]

• Interesting read on watching NHL hockey in an empty rink. [Sportsnet]

• Good read on what life is like for NHL referees inside the bubble. [Sports Illustrated]

• It’s a weird postseason for everyone. How are coaches handling navigating this unique situation? [The Score]

David Pastrnak on his time in quarantine: “Obviously, it was a tough bounce there and unfortunately what happened, happened, and I had to miss some time. Obviously, the protocol is to stay in quarantine, so unfortunately, I had to be locked down at home for a while. It’s nothing I can control. Obviously, I take full responsibility for my actions.” []

• Looking at the good, bad and ugly of John Chayka’s time in Arizona. [TSN]

• Lena Schroeder, the lone female hockey player at the PyeongChang Paralympics, has unfinished business from what happened in South Korea. But she has a new priority now, one that may hinder her chances of returning to the Winter Games. [Olympic Talk]

• Professional designers give their throughts on the Seattle Kraken’s brand identity. [Hockey by Design]

• The SPHL is targeting a start to their 2020-21 season in mid-to-late December. [SPHL]

Sonny Milano gets a two-year, $1.7 million extension with the Ducks. [Anaheim Calling]


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