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Morning Bag Skate: Willie O’Ree highlights 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame class

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Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player, was named one of six hockey figures named to the 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame class Tuesday. O’Ree broke the league’s color barrier in 1958 by playing for the Bruins.

Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Jayna Hefford, Alexander Yakushev and current NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will also be enshrined in November.


**Hawks have ‘expressed interest’ in Bernier, per report (SCH)

**Closer look at Hawks’ No. 8 pick Adam Boqvist (SCH)


**Jets sign Morrow to 1-year extension (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Reinke has unique perspective at Blues prospects camp (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Bokk has been on Blues’ radar a long time (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Report: Blues in contact with free agent Maroon (theScore)

**Kurvers joins Wild staff as Paul Fenton’s assistant GM (The Athletic)

**Why the Hockey Hall of Fame got it wrong (again) with Zubov (Defending Big D)


**Key offseason dates to know (SCH)

**Brodeur, Bettman, O’Ree headline 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame class (Sportsnet)

**Lightning re-sign Miller to 5-year contract (Raw Charge)

**Penguins, Rust agree to 4-year extension (Pensburgh)

**Canucks re-sign defenseman Pouliot to 1-year deal (Sportsnet)

**Lehner visits Detroit as Red Wings’ free-agency plan takes shape (The Athletic)

**Hurricanes sign Di Giuseppe to 1-year contract (Canes Country)


**Goalie Katie Burt believes NWHL Boston is best place for her (The Ice Garden)