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Quick Strikes: Erik Cernak and the best moment of his life

It’s like a Harry Potter story!

NHL: Preseason-Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning defensive prospect Erik Cernak made his NHL debut Tuesday night. Like most young players in his position, he found it pretty much a dream come true.

Should the Lightning trade for William Nylander? Alan thinks so! We swear! He totally does!

Martin St. Louis is in the Hall of Fame, so of course it’s now time to ask who will be the “next” player like him to make it. Can we say Yanni Gourde? Yes, yes we can. Speaking of Marty, Justin transcribed St. Louis’ acceptance speech for accessibility.

Joe Smith is having a live Q&A this afternoon.

Are you local to the Tampa region? Don’t forget about this today!

In other organizational news, the Syracuse Crunch honored a local hockey player and veteran last night in a sweet ceremony prior to the game.

The team also gave an official look at the final touches to their new video board.

The Orlando Solar Bears apparently do a thing called Wine Down Wednesday and I want the Syracuse Crunch to copy them, except they need to do Wine Down Friday or Saturday. (I’m old and can’t do Wednesday night games anymore.)

Former Lightning forward and current Minnesota Wild player JT Brown gave a tour of his home, including a peak-in at his baby girl and her room.

Former Crunch captain and Lightning forward Erik Condra has been named an alternate captain with AHL Texas.

Tuesday night was a milestone evening for Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo.

Antti Niemi is confusing, and fans of the Montreal Canadiens would like for him not to be.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have extend general manager Jim Rutherford through the 2021-22 season.

Penguins goalie prospect Tristan Jarry scored a goal yesterday with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Washington Captials had to utilize an EBUG last night, and the internets kind of loved it.

Bears? No, B’ars!

Oh, God. Soon it’s CBA discussion time again. This time, it’s the players and their needs who may just take center stage.

Featuring a link dump inside of a link dump? It’s link dumpcetion! There were so many good stories for Women’s Hockey Wednesday, we just couldn’t decide on one or two, so we’re including them all.

The 2018 Four Nations Cup has come to an end, so it’s time for the NWHL to get back to work. There’s plenty for each of their teams to work on, and Mike Murphy breaks it down over at The Ice Garden. While the teams worry about those things, the league is going to be hosting a goaltending development camp in Estero, where ECHL Florida plays.

The Maine Mariners of the ECHL are awkward, and proud of it.

CapFriendly continues to be innovative in giving hockey fans things to obsess over.

Speaking of things to watch for, I’m going to recommend you keep an eye out for this, especially if you’re an AHL fan. Just trust me.