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Around The Rink – June 23, 2020

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Some quick hits from the hockey world on this Tuesday morning.

Former Leafs player Dominic Moore, creator of Smashfest, teams up with Mitch Marner, Brad Marchand, and street artist Alexander Bacon to create unique ping pong tables to be auctioned off for Charity.

Dominic does an interview with each player and explores ideas for each of their personal designs. He then shares these ideas with artist Bacon who takes them from concept to reality. Pretty amazing work.

View the Auction here:

Talk of the Hub cities continues without a firm announcement from the NHL on the final decision. It had been previously reported that the NHL would make a decision by June 22, but understandably that has not happened as the situation on the ground is very fluid.

According to reports from Pierre Lebrun the list has been whittled down to 6 cities. The 6 potential Hub cities Lebrun reports as in the running are Vegas, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, L.A., and Chicago.

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that the NHL has allowed teams to increase their player groups from 6 to 12 skaters at a time effective Tuesday June 23.

Effective tomorrow, the NHL will allow Phase 2 groups to be expanded to 12 players for on-ice sessions. Those had been limited to six skaters apiece since small-group workouts began in team facilities on June 8.

Chris Johnston – Sportsnet | @reporterchris on Twitter

Small hit on Player Contracts

Finally! If you’re starved for some NHL action Phase 1 of the NHL Entry Draft takes place Friday night at 8 pm EST on Sportsnet.