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Quick Strikes for Thursday, September 11

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In this Thursday edition of Quick Strikes, the Tampa Bay Lightning tease the new third jersey, some legal troubles for the NHL and Western Hockey League, and some notoriety for the Bolts by a couple of different media outlets.

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  • We have a Russian goalie prospect in the Tampa Bay Lightning pipeline, and he is quite good. In fact, Andrei Vasilevskiy is being called "the best Russian goalie prospect in years." [The Hockey News]
  • Here is an interesting infographic, courtesy of Sasky Stewart and Sarah Connors, of jobs held by women in the National Hockey League. [Tableau Public]
  • The league is in a bit of hot water over the issue of concussions as 10,000 (!) former players and their families may pursue lawsuits against the league. [TSN]
  • The schedule for the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship in Malmo, Sweden has been announced. [USA Hockey]
  • The NHL isn't the only league facing legal troubles. The Western Hockey League is investigating its teams in Washington State for unsuitable working conditions. [TSN]
  • 2014 Winter Olympic women's ice hockey silver medalist Amanda Kessel will miss the entire upcoming season for the University of Minnesota Gophers due to post-concussion syndrome. [University of Minnesota]
  • Lightning forward Tyler Johnson and a certain former Bolt are known for being two of the shorter players currently in the NHL and both went undrafted. So is there a height bias when drafting in the NHL? [Shinny Stats Blog]
  • The Lightning have supposedly teased their new alternate jerseys in a photo featuring Steven Stamkos, and it appears the uniform's primary color is black. [Icethetics]
  • The notoriety keeps coming for the Bolts, as CBS Sports says the team is on the rise for the Top 5 core groups in the NHL. [CBS Sports]
  • After 18 years and 1,124 games in the NHL, veteran forward Saku Koivu is hanging up his skates. [Sportsnet]