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Quick Strikes: Mike Angelidis returns to Syracuse, Jon Cooper is going fishing

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Did you hear me? MIKE ANGELIDIS RETURNS TO SYRACUSE!

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The Headline

Ever since it was announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning had hired Mike Angelidis as a scout, Syracuse Crunch fans have been waiting with bated breath for the date of his return to Syracuse. As the team’s 25th anniversary opening night approached, many hoped that he’d be among the invited guests.

Those hopes were fulfilled today, in spades. Not only will the team’s former captain be there Saturday...

...he’s actually already in town...

...and looking forward to the evening.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to spend the rest of this edition of Quick Strikes over in the corner with my happy feels. Carry on without me.

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper is going fishing. Today marks the third installment of his annual Coop’s Catch for Kids charity fishing tournament benefiting pediatric cancer research and patient services. [NHL.com]

You don’t know how long your tenure is going to be with the organization, but while you’re here you try to make an impact in a positive way in the community that has given so much to me.

Other Lightning News

Mathieu Joseph has impressed pretty much everyone with making the Lightning this season out of camp. His story is an inspiring one. I mean, probably. I assume. I can’t read it because it’s behind a paywall, but I’m sure it’s lovely. [The Athletic]

It looks like Tyler Johnson might just be ready to go. It also looks like Cedric Paquette is one lucky dude:

These will probably change come game time, but speculation is fun:

Flashing back for a bit to the Lightning’s camp now, where JT Miller was mic’d up:

I’ve been told people love Nigel Kirwin, so here’s a fun graphic for you all:

A very joyous happy birthday to Lightning Power Play!

Here’s a pretty sweet offer for Lightning tickets that also go to a pretty sweet cause - the Lightning sled hockey team:

Other Crunch News

The Crunch found themselves finally back on their home ice Monday. With most of the improvements and renovations at the Onondaga County War Memorial completed, the team could practice back at home for the first time since the end of last season. The War Memorial is looking good!

We haven’t had a Connorism in a long time! We got lucky with his newest gem.

...And then this happened.

I hope they gave a raise to the person who runs their Twitter account and who actually researched Connor Ingram.

Solar Bears News

The Orlando Solar Bears announced their training camp schedule for the week.

Fans and media are invited to attend all on-ice practice sessions at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, which are open to the public. Flash photography and unauthorized video recording of Orlando Solar Bears practice sessions is not permitted. The RDV Sportsplex Ice Den is located at 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando, FL 32810.

Hunter Fejes took some time to chat about his prep for the upcoming season:

Orlando acquired defenseman Zach Todd from the Tulsa Oilers in exchange for forward Robbie Baillargeon yesterday.

News from Around Other Rinks

Have the Colorado Avalanche found their second line in Alex Kerfoot, Tyson Jost and Colin Wilson? Tom Hunter thinks so!

While Jost has been good, Alex Kerfoot is the one driving possession on the line. He’s been the team’s best forward when it comes to zone entries and it’s a great sign that he appears willing to shoot the puck more than in his rookie season.

The Philadelphia Flyers got hit with some bad news yesterday: forward James van Riemsdyk will be out for five to six weeks because of a lower-body injury.

As a goalie fan, I’m a little worried about these comments from Flyers goalie Brian Elliott regarding the new pad sizes:

“They wanted more ‘form fitting,’ but when you have more form fitting there’s no give. There’s no air between you and your pads, so the puck is hitting your pad and at the same time it’s hitting your bones and your flesh so there’s no cushion,” Elliott said. “It’s just straight shots to your arms and I don’t agree with it.”

Can pro sports and the hemp industry form a partnership? It looks like the NWHL is at least willing to try out a partnership:

The CWHL has released their streaming schedule: