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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, September 3

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A dream of Olympic hockey for Jamaica, Tampa Bay Lightning single game tickets on sale later this week, and a new conference for the University of South Florida Ice Bulls are just some of the stories in this Wednesday edition of Quick Strikes.

Mike Carlson
  • Jamaica has a dream to put an ice hockey team in the Olympics sometime in the future. Read about former NHL forward Graeme Townshend's plans to bring Olympic ice hockey to his home country. [NPR]
  • On Sunday, we reported on a mock expansion draft completed by The Sporting News, selecting players for the new (hypothetical) teams in Las Vegas and Seattle. On Tuesday, The Sporting News conducted a very scientific (not really) simulation of the new teams using EA Sports' NHL 14. [The Sporting News]
  • Rumors about the NHL expanding to Las Vegas were met with mixed feelings. But could Vegas ever play host to the NCAA Frozen Four? [The Hockey Writers]
  • The love between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ryan Callahan is real, folks. (As if the $5.8 million AAV on his new contract wasn't enough of a hint.) Callahan has just become the latest Bay area athlete to purchase a home on Davis Islands. [Tampa Bay Business Journal]
  • Great news, Lightning fans! Tampa Bay Lightning single game tickets will go on sale this Friday. The team also announced a special pre-sale deal. [Tampa Bay Lightning Official Site]
  • The University of South Florida Ice Bulls are one of five new members that will be part of the new Southern Collegiate Hockey Conference this upcoming season. The first game within the conference is at 9:00 P.M. on September 19 at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. [HockeyYall.com]