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.
Can’t wait to see the fans rocking the war memorial opening night @SyracuseCrunch— Mike Angelidis (@MikeAngelidis) October 8, 2018
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:
Tyler Johnson back at second line wing with Point and Gourde. Palat moves up with Stamkos and Kucherov. Good sign Johnson is close #TBLightning— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) October 8, 2018
Paquette was on the ice for the first half of practice in drills but not on for the second half. Might be limited because of incident in Saturday’s game when his glove got skated over on a faceoff.— Caley Chelios (@CaleyChelios) October 8, 2018
Cooper said Paquette’s injury is nothing long term. #Bolts— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) October 8, 2018
“He’s pretty lucky it was only this. He should be okay.”
These will probably change come game time, but speculation is fun:
Here are the #TBLightning lines today— Lightning Insider (@Erik_Erlendsson) October 8, 2018
Paquette was on the ice earlier but is not out for the second session #GoBolts
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!
We're having cake for lunch today, because 4 years ago today @TBLPowerPlay was born!— Lightning Power Play (@TBLPowerPlay) October 8, 2018
Thank you to all of the hosts, behind-the-scenes staff, and listeners who have made us what we are today!
(But we'll need a bigger cake for everyone...) pic.twitter.com/Sz9qwtzJ2C
Here’s a pretty sweet offer for Lightning tickets that also go to a pretty sweet cause - the Lightning sled hockey team:
Anyone looking to go to a Lightning game this month? Check out this offer! Part of proceeds going to our Sled Hockey program! @LightningMade #buildthethunder Promo code: BOLTS18 pic.twitter.com/Pw2r7Mu4gZ— Jassen Cullimore (@cullimore5) October 8, 2018
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!
Feels good to be home. pic.twitter.com/vupdjhlTS3— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 8, 2018
We haven’t had a Connorism in a long time! We got lucky with his newest gem.
You show me a Walmart shopping cart that doesn’t drift to the left and I’ll show you a liar— Connor Ingram (@CBIngram1) October 8, 2018
...And then this happened.
*cut to* sad-faced cart in penalty box.— Walmart (@Walmart) October 8, 2018
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:
Hunter Fejes has been hard at work getting ready for the season with the Solar Bears.— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) October 8, 2018
Opening Night is this Saturday. Still looking for tickets? We can help with that: https://t.co/2abxU9tO0m pic.twitter.com/p4m4U7m8He
Orlando acquired defenseman Zach Todd from the Tulsa Oilers in exchange for forward Robbie Baillargeon yesterday.
News from Around Other Rinks
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.
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:
.@EcnVeda is the @NWHL's new Sponsor for it's Player of the Week Award. This marks the first time a pro sports league has accepted a sponsorship by a company in the hemp industry.— Mike Murphy (@DigDeepBSB) October 8, 2018
VEDA was also the title sponsor for the Champions Cup game held at Princeton University. #NWHL pic.twitter.com/YKLKREuhjJ
The CWHL has released their streaming schedule: