Quick Strikes for Saturday, November 1

The Lightning impress the media and make dreams come true. There's a book review and a personal tale tied to a debilitating injury. These are your Quick Strikes for Saturday.

  • Captain Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning granted 12-year-old Noah Defilippo's wish. Noah is battling a form of melanoma and wanted to skate with Stamkos. He got that, and more. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Former NHL goalie (and he's Lightning alumni too) Kevin Weekes text back and forth with Jon Cooper and talked about the "explosive Lightning" in his larger weekly piece. [NHL.com]
  • Jonathan Drouin will not be the only top draft choice from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft to see playing time in the AHL this season as the Dallas Stars are loaning Valeri Nichushkin to the Texas Stars. [Hooked on Hockey]
  • Photographer Jason Kessenich was at Mike Valley's Elite Goalies camp this past summer. The article tends to focus on photographing hockey, but has a good deal of great photos. [Aepoc's Blog]
  • After the playoffs last season and the rising promise going into 2014-15, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been hit hard by way of the injury bug... We referenced it with a cartoon earlier in the week, here's a feature on the situation [Sportsnet]
  • Nathan Horton's health issues that may end his career are familiar to The Cannon writer Matt Wagner, who pens this personal piece about degenerative back issues. [The Cannon]
  • Legal issues have gotten a lot of exposure in the past year or so in pro sports. Thomas Vanek hasn't been arrested or charged with anything, but he's part of a legal action involving gambling and money laundering. [Star Tribune]
  • Jonathan Garcia has a review of Boy on Ice, a biography of the late Derek Boogaard by John Branch "that should be on every hockey fans reading list". [On the Forecheck]