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PHT Morning Skate: Where Vincent Lecavalier goes by “Spincent”

Tampa Bay Lightning v Colorado Avalanche

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 23: Vincent Lecavalier #4 of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks on during a break in the action against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Lightning 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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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.

Amusing stuff: Dominic Moore is running a “celebrity” ping pong tournament for charity called “Smashfest.” It’s full of big hockey names from the past and present, ranging from Eric Lindros to Steven Stamkos. My favorite thing about it might be the nicknames given for each player, particularly Vincent “Spincent” Lecavalier. His teammates should totally call him that all the time now. (Smashfest)

Chin up, Los Angeles local TV stations. While you might flub a Brad Doty here and a team logo there, a New York station mixed up the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders. (Deadspin)

From the “what were they thinking?” department: The Hockey Writers highlight five awful trading cards. I vote for this to become a running feature. (The Hockey Writers)

Apparently PHT wasn’t the only outlet to spotlight how “awesome” Drew Doughty has been lately. (The Globe & Mail)

Some “Stunning Numbers” from Nicklas Lidstrom’s career. (Puck Daddy)

“Numerology” regarding new Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley. (Calgary Flames)

Greatest Hockey Legends takes a look back at a memorable Los Angeles King from the past: Kelly Hrudey. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Despite playing different positions in different decades, there are some startling similarities between Brian Leetch and Jonathan Quick. (

Joe Haggerty’s take on Tim Thomas possibly sitting out the 2012-13 season. (