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Quick Strikes for Saturday, August 8

Crosby says less hockey for kids, Arizona is getting more hockey by way of Coyote influence, the World Junior Showcase wraps up in Calgary and thoughts and opinions derived from the Patrick Kane situation.

Lightning prospect Brayden Point was part of the World Junior Showcase in Calgary.
Lightning prospect Brayden Point was part of the World Junior Showcase in Calgary.
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  • We're still looking for input on a section title on the site. It's not important but it's a chance to fool around and be creative too. [Raw Charge]
  • Former Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke departed the Lightning for the NFL two weeks ago. An article that ran at the time boasted the move... for the NFL. A league mired in the negative could and will use the boost Leiweke brings. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Former Bolts assistant George Gwozdecky has returned to the state of Colorado. He will be head coach of Valor Christian High School's hockey team. [Denver Post]
  • The World Junior Showcase event up in Calgary, Alberta came to a close on Thursday night with Team Canada topping the Czech Republic 6-2. Bolts prospect Brayden Point was a key member of that team and is quoted in the piece. [Calgary Herald]
  • Auston Matthews missed a cut-off date for eligibility to the 2015 NHL draft by two days (players had to be born by September 15, 1997; he was born the 17). Instead of playing another junior season in the USHL, he's going pro and playing in Switzerland. [CBS Sports]
  • There's no way you're going to avoid the Patrick Kane situation... Though, using the game to escape from disgusting aspects of society and the real world is normal in sports. The problem is, hockey is part of society and isn't immune from its flaws. [Winging it in Motown]
  • This one is another take on the entire thing. And it brings up Tampa Bay within it (if you're a football fan, you may have missed some Bucs news on Thursday morning) as an example. [Welcome to your Karlsson Years]
  • Youth playing more than hockey alone is a good thing, says Sidney Crosby. Gee, I wonder what Crosby thinks of the Florida sports landscape for youth? [Metro News]
  • Meanwhile, you hear a lot about drama between the city of Glendale and the Arizona Coyotes, what you don't hear enough of - but should - is the team's influence in growing the sport of ice hockey in Arizona. And they are doing that, quite well too. [Today's Slap Shot]
  • A new jersey in New Jersey is up for debate. [In Lou We Trust*]
  • Finally: Raw Charge staff member will be part of a Comedy Tournament on Sunday, August 16th at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa. You can buy tickets to the show online, entering the promo code "cb" (minus the quotes) will get you $5 tickets. [Side Splitters Comedy Club]