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PHT Morning Skate: Latvian player delivers one of hockey’s weirdest, longest hits

Zile hit

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Latvian defenseman Kristaps Zile executed a very unusual hip check during a game in the KHL’s junior league (skip to 0:26):

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Luke Gazdic has gotten to the point in his recovery from shoulder surgery where he can take “some pretty big contact” in practices. (Edmonton Sun)

Should the Philadelphia Flyers summon Scott Laughton? (CSN Philly)

The Vancouver Canucks have been solid so far this season, but there’s still a lot of work to be done as they attempt to rebound from their disastrous 2013-14 campaign. (Vancouver Sun)

Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson hasn’t gotten off to the start he wanted, but his mask is at an elite level. It’s a fusion between Alien and Space Invaders. (Puck Daddy)

While we’re on the topic of goalie masks, Ben Scrivens will be using his head gear this season to raise mental health awareness. (Instagram)

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