Morning Skate: Wednesday, April 11


Morning Skate: Wednesday, April 11

Justin Bourne has a preview of the BruinsCapitals first round series set to begin on Thursday night at TD Garden with some things to look for.

A look at some of the young hockey talents rising and falling on the NHL Central Scouting list as the junior hockey season moves toward a conclusion.

An interesting look by Pro Hockey Talk at which NHL teams benefited the most and which were hosed the most by referee calls during the 2011-12 regular season.

Sidney Crosby craves the playoff atmosphere almost as much as he craves the referees whistle when an opponent brushes up against him.

Good quotes fromWEEI.comscribe DJ Bean chronicling Benoit Pouliot finally throwing a little dirt on the Montreal Canadiens that he had saved over from last year. Will he be saying the same thing about the Bruins next year? Hmmm.

Yahoo! Sports has their playoff breakdown and the Pittsburgh Penguins are their Cup favorites. Id have to agree as long as they remain healthy.

For something completely different: a conversation with Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

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.”