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PHT Morning Skate: NHL Return to Play Committee created; Chara still going strong

Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said he doesn't think players and coaches would need two to three weeks to get ready before returning to game action.

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• An NHL “Return to Play Committee” has been created and will feature league executives, NHLPA reps and players, including John Tavares, Mark Scheifele, and Connor McDavid. The group will communicate regularly to prepare a plan for return to play when the league is given the green light to do so. [NY Post]

• Zdeno Chara has no plans of hanging up his skates whenever the 2019-20 season comes to an end. [NBC Sports Boston]

• “Mark Pavelich, the ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey star under court-ordered commitment for seriously assaulting a North Shore neighbor last year, is no longer refusing treatment for mental illness and is making progress toward a newly rescheduled court hearing where his fitness to stand trial will be reviewed.” [Star Tribune]

• The NHL Gaming Challenge will kick off Thursday with players from all 31 teams and Luke Willson of the Seattle Seahawks participating in the NHL 20 tournament. NBCSN will air the first series of games, including Calgary vs. Ottawa and Columbus vs. Winnipeg, beginning at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of Hockey Happy Hour programming. []

• Blues broadcaster John Kelly will donate plasma after recovering from COVID-19. [KMOV]

• From Truman Wurst to Bauer Dumanski to Ephram McNutt, here are the best names to come out of the 2020 WHL draft. [Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog]

• Glen Giovanucci has gone from captaining Northeastern’s hockey team to producing PPE for front-line workers. [Northeastern University]

• The Beverly Bombshells women’s hockey club has begun using hockey equipment to produce clear, plastic face shields. [Beverly Review]

• What expanding into Toronto means for the NWHL. [The Ice Garden]

• Who might tend the net for the Red Wings next season? [Freep]

• Why Craig Anderson’s No. 41 should be retired when he hangs up his skates. [Ottawa Citizen]


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