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Quick Strikes for Monday, September 21

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A new rule was shown off to fans at yesterday's annual Lightning Fan Fest, NHL defenseman Ryan Whitney retires, why women's hockey deserves a pro league, and much more in today's Quick Strikes.

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  • Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Lightning captivated fans with its annual Fan Fest. It was the perfect opportunity to show off a new rule that the NHL is trying out: 3-on-3 OT. [Sports Talk Florida]
  • Florida Panthers owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu are hopeful they can increase attendance numbers by putting together a winning franchise. The renewal rate for season ticket holders was more than 90 percent. [Sun Sentinel]
  • Sad news to report this morning. Yesterday, it was learned that former NHL enforcer died from an apparent suicide.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We&#39;ve learned former <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nhl?src=hash">#nhl</a> enforcer Todd Ewen appears to have died of self-inflicted gunshot wound to head <a href="https://twitter.com/CTVNews">@CTVNews</a> <a href="http://t.co/LDGEAFXxBo">pic.twitter.com/LDGEAFXxBo</a></p>&mdash; Amanda Singroy (@CTVAmanda) <a href="https://twitter.com/CTVAmanda/status/645739059092918272">September 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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  • At a time when the masses are taking notice of women's hockey, it is a perfect opportunity for women to gain a pro league. The NWHL begins its inaugural season on October 11. [Yahoo!]
  • With the media and the NHL seemingly turning a blind eye to the alleged actions of Patrick Kane, it is creating a problem with an important segment of the NHL's fan base - women. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • Roy Sommer, coach of the AHL San Jose Barracuda, holds the record for the most games coached in the AHL with 1,344. Though his job with the AHL has been stable for quite some time now, his life in hockey has been full of twists and turns along the way. [New York Times]
  • Ryan Whitney announced his retirement yesterday at the age of 32:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="http://t.co/YyIDstyH2A">pic.twitter.com/YyIDstyH2A</a></p>&mdash; Ryan Whitney (@ryanwhitney6) <a href="https://twitter.com/ryanwhitney6/status/645587768572293120">September 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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  • Hockey is back at Madison Square Garden! The New York Rangers have announced their lineup for their first preseason game against the New Jersey Devils. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Former NHLers visited a hospital in the small community of North Saanich, British Columbia as part of the Kraft Hockeyville weekend. [NHL.com]
  • Finally, we'll leave you with this. PK Subban, who recently donated $10 million to a Montreal hospital, did his best Don Cherry impression.

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