Morning skate: Dougie Hamilton video bombs Brian Elliott


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wrapping up St. Patrick’s Day weekend. 

*Dougie Hamilton shows off his playful side over the weekend while video-bombing Brian Elliott wearing a goalie mask. 

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has James van Riemsdyk complaining about the Air Canada Centre ice this weekend, and the ice in corner in Calgary was pretty rough earlier this week as well when David Backes hit a rut and crashed into the boards. 

*The Minnesota Wild have hit hard times after being consistent all season, and lost their fourth game in a row on Saturday. 

*Steve Simmons is showing some love for a Chicago Blackhawks team that is the closest we’ll see to a modern NHL dynasty. 

*Larry Brooks says the US Women’s Hockey team should boycott the world championships if they don’t get equal treatment from USA Hockey. 

*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Morreale, who shadowed a pair of NHL scouts in WHL over the last couple of weeks

*A number of NHL players are keeping their boyhood promises and returning to their Slovakian roots at the end of their careers. 


*For something completely different: the iconic Chuck Berry has passed away, and is remembered as one of the fathers of Rock ‘n Roll.