Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 17

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Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 17

Curtis McElhinney has been an unquestioned success storyfor the Springfield Falcons in the AHL this season after languishing over thelast few seasons.

WinnipegSun columnist Gary Lawless misses hockey and the pain is clear in a columnabout the void the NHL has left behind.

Want to take a look at the judge presiding over the NHLslawsuit against the NHLPA for decertification? Warning: hes a Yankees fan.

A good story about the womens professional hockey leaguethat includes a Boston Blades team thats played throughout the NHL lockout.

Donald Fehr continues to push for whats best for theplayers while unrest grows around the NHLPA. Fans and league ownership mighthave issues with him, but its clearly not affecting him.

Real Sports is a great sports bar thats adjacent to AirCanada Centre in Toronto.Apparently its so great they can now turn away NHL players searching forreservations.

For something completely different: A one-on-one interviewwith Grace Potter. Saw here at the House of Blues a couple of weeks ago. Whatan amazing show.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL


Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”