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PHT Morning Skate: Jordan the NHL owner; Laraque opens up

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson joins Mike Tirico to discuss memories of Tampa Bay's playoff run and how the NHL must prioritize health over hockey and handle a return the "right way."

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

• A really nice read about ex-Blackhawks president John McDonough’s friendship with 11-year-old Cammy Babiarz, who is unable to walk or talk because of Rett Syndrome — a rare developmental disorder. [Midway Minute]

• It didn’t last very long, but at one point in time Michael Jordan was a minority owner of the Capitals. [ESPN]

• Economies are beginning to open up again, so too are hockey rinks in the U.S. [The Hockey News]

• Georges Laraque opens about his up and down relationship with his father. [Vice]

• How the 2011-12 Kings became unlikely Stanley Cup champions. [The Score]

• Comparing Brady Tkachuk’s early days in the NHL to that of Mark Stone’s. [Silver Seven Sens]

• What if some of NHL’s all-time best hadn’t run into historic dynasties? [Sportsnet]

• Looking ahead to what’s expected to be an intriguing 2022 NHL draft class. [Stephen Ellis]

• Finally, the Wild music video you were looking for:


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