Quick Strikes: Lightning, Panthers, League, and Players Association donate $2.7 million to Hurricane Irma relief

and the Baby Bolts finish their tournament in Nashville

The Bolts

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, NHL, and NHL Players Association have combined to donate $2.7 million in disaster relief. “Hurricane Irma recently impacted the entire state of Florida as it hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm over the weekend. Since, it’s caused massive destruction and has left approximately 6.5 million Florida residents without power.” [SB Nation]

J.T. Brown has all of his priorities straight, if you ask me.

Tampa Bay Lightning training camp will begin on schedule, opening Thursday, September 14th at Amalie Arena. “Thursday is the scheduled opening of camp, with  testing and media day at Amalie Arena. Friday is the first full day on the ice.” [Tampa Bay Times]

The Prospects

Nashville defeates Tampa Bay by a score of 5-4 in the final match between the two rookie teams. “The Bolts added two more of their own to make it a one-goal game [5-4], but Predators netminder Jake Paterson held off the rest of the push to get the win.” [NHL dot com]

Huge thank you goes out to the City of Nashville, the Predators, and On The Forecheck for hosting and covering this rookie tournament for us while the majority of us were (and still are) dealing with the bad weather.

Where does the Syracuse Crunch’s old barn rank in terms of oldest Triple-A facilities in North America? Hint: War Memorial is in the top 5 and an AHL rival is in the first spot. “The Syracuse Crunch and Onondaga County are putting the finishing touches on a lease that would tie the team to the War Memorial for at least 12 more seasons, through 2030. At that point, the building would be almost 80 years old.” [Syracuse]

The Game

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet has released his first 31 Thoughts ever, and first NHL news and notes article of the 2017-18 season. It contains a treasure trove of information about every team around the league on a weekly basis. “It seems certain Colorado could make a deal with Columbus very quickly. [Joe] Sakic knows what Columbus is willing to offer, but they don’t like it enough.” [Sportsnet]

In a promotional video for the new NHL18 video game, Connor McDavid, who will be on the cover this year, dresses up as several archtypes of NHL fans. Analytics nerd Allen is by far my favourite. “The fidget spinner at the end is also the perfect reminder that despite his success, he’s still just a kid who probably didn’t play an NHL video game until mid-2000s.” [Puck Daddy]

Nick Donnelly has earned himself 2017-18 New Jersey Devils season tickets after succeeding in earning 9450 retweets of his initial tweet. Amazing things happen when Hockey Twitter comes together.

Nick was given 1 week to gain the neccessary retweets. He only needed 8 hours.