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Quick Strikes: Czech soccer goalie Petr Cech makes his English hockey debut

Happy Monday, everyone!

Guildford Phoenix v Swindon Wildcats
GUILDFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Petr Cech of Guildford Phoenix during the match between Guildford Phoenix and Swindon Wildcats on October 13, 2019 in Guildford, England.
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The Bolts

Hopping into the new week like:

The Prospects

The Syracuse Crunch are looking for their next Yanni Gourde. Who will it be? [Syracuse]

Abbandonato was a skilled playmaker coming off a 75-point season, so the suggestion wasn’t outlandish. But the ‘Q’ is crammed with great over-agers, and envisioning Abbandonato as the very best took a little squinting. He was never drafted and, at 5-foot-10, it would have been easy for him to get lost amid the tidal wave of points in that offensive-minded league.

The Game

Chris Johnston has his beyond the headlines article out with lots of news and insights from around the league. This one includes words on the St. Louis blues White House visit, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Dallas Stars. [Sportsnet]

“I was excited. I’ve never had that before where somebody wants to come all the way to visit me just to kind of hear my thoughts, hear what I thought of the last year,” he added. “He just kind of picked my brain. I thought it was really nice that he came for dinner with me and my wife and flew all the way there.”

The Ottawa Senators still don’t have a president. [Sportsnet]

The Ottawa Senators have shut down their search for a president of hockey operations until at least the end of the season, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Soccer goalkeeper Petr Cech made his NIHL 2 professional hockey debut with the Guildford Phoenix at the ripe age of 37-years-old yesterday. He won the game in the shootout! For those who don’t know Cech, he’s the guy who wears a snoopy cap

This thread from Twitter’s Dan (who followed Cech extensively through his time with Chelsea) has a really crazy story about Cech growing up and his disability.

Highlight of the Night: Marc-Andre Fleury has his Cups, he has his money, he’s just having fun now.