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Quick Strikes for Saturday, September 17

Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Bolts:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan officially launched the Ryan Callahan Foundation yesterday. Through the foundation, Callahan aims to make patients and their families’ lives a little bit easier as they battle through pediatric cancer treatments. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • While you’re at it, check out our take on the Ryan Callahan Foundation and Callahan’s charitable efforts since he has arrived in Tampa. [Raw Charge]
  • Ryan Callahan isn’t the only one giving back to the local community though. Bolts head coach Jon Cooper will be hosting the inaugural Coop’s Catch for Kids fishing tournament on Oct. 11. Cooper is partnering with the V Foundation to benefit pediatric cancer research here in the Bay Area. [Tampa Bay Lightning]

The NHL:

  • Ads on NHL sweaters? Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler says, “Oh, no you don’t!” Sort of. [Puck Daddy]

The Sport:

  • It is rare for people to associate Great Britain with ice hockey. But the Elite Ice Hockey League has enjoyed growing success since its inception in 2003. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock has continued tinkering with his lines ahead of tonight’s first tournament game against the Czech Republic. But one thing has remained the same - Steven Stamkos and the rest of the Canadian crew needs to shoot the puck more. [Sportsnet]
  • Stamkos wants to rise to the challenge. He knows his dreams of attending the World Cup were almost dashed by a diagnosed blood clot earlier this year. [TSN]
  • This tournament is just getting started, but it looks as if the next World Cup of Hockey will also be in Canada:
  • The Canadian Women’s Hockey League is looking for volunteers for its upcoming 10th season. [CWHL]
  • The Cobourg Cougars opened the 2016-17 Ontario Junior Hockey League season with a convincing 6-1 win on Monday. In eight months, the city will host the RBC Cup. [Hockey Canada]
  • Since the NHL season ended, we haven’t had analyst Pierre McGuire to talk about at length where NHL players made their start. Well, you’re in luck! Here is an interactive map that shows where current college hockey players come from. [SBN College Hockey]