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PHT Morning Skate: Willie O’Ree gets a statue; Calgary to host Women’s Worlds

Kathryn Tappen, Dominic Moore and Colby Armstrong dive into the biggest news to come out of the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the Avalanche and Bruins impress, Oilers and Penguins disappoint and more.

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

• “A statue of Willie O’Ree highlights a new Black hockey history exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.” []

• Calgary will play host to the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship from August 20-31. [IIHF]

• Barring any setbacks, Craig Smith will return for the Bruins for Thursday night’s Game 3. [WEEI]

• John Tavares says he’s making good progress from the concussion and knee injury he suffered in Game 1 against Montreal. [TSN]

• Which path should the Maple Leafs take: Major changes, minor changes or staying the course? [The Score]

[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2021 Second Round schedule, TV info]

• Andrei Vasilevskiy has been unbeatable so far in these playoffs. [Raw Charge]

• Goaltender Taya Currie, 16, could become the first female ever chosen in the OHL draft. [CTV News]

• Kevin Hayes underwent sports hernia surgery and is expected to be fully-recovered in five weeks. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

• Vasily Podkolzin’s game could end up making him a core piece of the Canucks’ future. [Sportsnet]

• Looking at some of the potential winners for this season’s NHL awards. [NBC Sports Edge]


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