Quick Strikes: Fan Post Sundays are now a thing!

Hockey news and more from the past day-ish.

The Bolts

We here at Raw Charge have started a new weekly thing: Fan Post Sundays. We get so many awesome Fan Posts over here that we’ve decided to feature the ones we liked the most from the week every Sunday. Yesterday, we featured the latest from Michael Wax: His end of season awards for the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Raw Charge]

Though it has been over a week and some people aren’t over the loss yet, I thought it might be nice to travel back in time and see what a great year it was, as well as highlighting some key players from the season.

The Prospects

The Toronto Marlies and the Texas Stars are going at it in the final round of the Calder Cup playoffs, and Syracuse Crunch head coach Ben Groulx is apparently watching with interest:

Nothing is more wholesome than a baby’s first birthday cake, as goalie prospect Connor Ingram shows. Family time=the best time.

Swipe for the cutest thing you’ll see today #Jacks1st

A post shared by Connor Brent Ingram (@connoringram) on

The Game

The Winnipeg Jets offered their support of equality during Winnipeg’s Pride Parade:

I have this weird need to keep posting how expensive Stanley Cup final tickets have gotten. I don’t know why I find this so interesting, but Ted Starkey keeps obliging, so...

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals are pushing their team and themselves, and the results of their efforts could lead to the most coveted championship in hockey. [SB Nation]

Ovechkin and Kuznetsov are world-class players on their own. Ovechkin is the best scorer of his time, period. Kuznetsov came into his own this season, entering the top 20 in regular-season points before he became the playoff leader in them. But they’re miles better together — even more than should be obvious for a pairing of two elite talents.

The Edmonton Oilers made an off season move yesterday, signing defenseman Keegan Lowe to a two-year contract:

Looks like the Onondaga County War Memorial ain’t the only barn in the AHL with a bird problem:

I have no idea what’s going on here, but it looks cool, and it involves Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leaf prospects (kind of?), so...giddy-up.

Our friend Patrick Williams writes that the two AHL teams left standing have more in common than fans might realize. [The AHL]

The Texas Stars and Toronto Marlies see a lot of themselves in each other.

Skill, depth, and a certain stubbornness – those are some of the main elements shared by two opponents who were otherwise unfamiliar with each other before Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals on Saturday.

Defense and offense are hockey terms, so...here. Enjoy: