PHT Morning Skate: Mike Ilitch paid Rosa Parks’ rent for over a decade
--Not many people knew about this, but Mike Ilitch quietly paid Rosa Parks’ rent for years when she was living in downtown Detroit. “They don’t go around saying it, but I want to, at this point, let them know, how much the Ilitches not only meant to the city, but they meant so much for Rosa Parks, who was the mother of the civil rights movement,” federal judge Damon Keith said. (CNN)
--Coyotes top prospect Dylan Strome found an interesting way to score a goal. The Erie Otters forward had his stick ripped out of his hands by his opponent, so he went to pick up his opponent’s discarded stick and he used it to find the back of the net. (Sportsnet)
--When we discuss this year’s race for the Calder Trophy, we usually mention the names of Auston Matthews, Patrick Laine or even Zach Werenski, but there’s another player that should be getting more recognition. Even though he won the Stanley Cup last spring, Pens goalie Matt Murray is still eligible to take home the Calder in 2016-17. No rookie goalie has come close to reaching the numbers he’s put up this year. (The Hockey News)
--The St. Louis Blues continue to pile up wins under new head coach Mike Yeo, as they took down the Detroit Red Wings, 2-0, on Wednesday night. Carter Hutton picked up his second consecutive shutout in the win. You can watch the highlights by clicking the video at the top of the page.
--Sergeant Major Bob McDonald often sings the national anthem before Capitals home games, but last week, he sang for a smaller audience. After singing the national anthem at the Verizon Center on Saturday night, McDonald went to see Tracey Madigan, who was hosting a house party because she had recently become a U.S. Citizen. McDonald surprised her and her guests by singing the anthem inside her home. “When he showed up, you’d think Elvis had arrived at the door. It was ‘OH MY GOD I CAN’T BELIEVE HE’S HERE. Everybody was screaming. … He was treated kind of like a rock star.” (Washington Post)
--Sidney Crosby currently leads the NHL in goals, but is he the favorite to land the Rocket Richard Trophy? The ESPN roundtable weighed in. Three of the five writers figured Crosby would take home the award, but two others believe Patrik Laine and Alex Ovechkin will be able to overtake him. (ESPN)
--Columbus Blue Jackets forward David Clarkson has been unable to play hockey in almost a full year because of a serious back injury. Some days, even simple tasks like getting out of bed prove to be difficult."I left home at 15 to play juniors, and hockey’s all I’ve ever known. It’s hard to go through, but I’ll look at a picture of my kids, or think about them, and it brings me back to earth. I have a lot to be happy about, but this sucks. There’s not a day that goes by — not an hour, honestly — when I don’t think about (playing hockey) and miss it.” (Columbus Dispatch)