Hockey Games In Flip Flops Weather Will Never Get Old

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When I moved to Tampa 3 years ago, I knew I was going to miss going to Bruins games in Boston. I was lucky enough to work for the team the year they won the Stanley Cup. I grew up in Maine and I don’t know how she did it, but my single mother managed to arrange a trip down to Boston once a year so I could see a Bruins game live. Sure we were in the nosebleeds, but any real hockey purist will tell you those are actually the best seats in the house. Fast forward 25 years and here I was working for the Boston Bruins flagship radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub. I got to shoot pictures for our website at ice level and then go interview the players in the locker room. And I got paid to do it. I had it good.

When CBS transferred me to Tampa, I heard it was a hockey town, but naturally I was skeptical. The last game I covered for the Bruins was Game 7 against the Lightning in the playoffs. I had the chance to meet Phil Esposito. Instead of talking hockey with a legend, he kept telling me how much he loves Tampa and promised I would too. He was right.

Last night was my 4th or 5th time seeing a Lightning game live. Most of the games were when the Bruins were in town so my loyalty will always be with the B’s. But Tampa Bay is no doubt my #2. The organization does everything right, from the seat ushers on up. The games are fun. Energy is high. The team puts in 100%. The Bucs and Rays could learn a lot from the way the Lightning does business.

Dochos Food Truck out of Clearwater was out on the plaza pre-game.  I finally found deep fried cheesecake in Tampa. Score.

Dochos Food Truck out of Clearwater was out on the plaza pre-game. I finally found deep fried cheesecake in Tampa. Score.

Our seats were in the "nosebleeds" but get to a game 30 minutes early and catch the warmups at ice level.

Our seats were in the “nosebleeds” but get to a game 30 minutes early and catch the warmups at ice level.

Bolts Captain Steven Stamkos in warmups.

Bolts Captain Steven Stamkos in warmups.

Stammer went on to get a hat trick.

Stammer went on to get a hat trick.

It was especially easy to cheer for the Lightning last night given that they were playing my least favorite team in the league the Montreal Canadiens.

It was especially easy to cheer for the Lightning last night given that they were playing my least favorite team in the league the Montreal Canadiens.

PK was booed throughout the night whenever he touched the puck. Deservedly so.

PK was booed throughout the night whenever he touched the puck. Deservedly so.

Canadiens warm up.

Canadiens warm up.

Gotta say their fans are dedicated though. I was in Montreal while the Canadiens were in the playoffs against New York.  The Forum was SOLD OUT to see the game... which was being played in NYC!  Seriously people sold out the arena just to watch it on the big screen. It was an incredible experience.

Gotta say their fans are dedicated though. I was in Montreal while the Canadiens were in the playoffs against New York. The Forum was SOLD OUT to see the game… which was being played in NYC! Seriously people sold out the arena just to watch it on the big screen. It was an incredible experience.

Victor Hedman

Victor Hedman

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Was glad to see Stamkos get the hat trick (3 goals).  He botched a shot during an overtime shootout a few nights prior which ended up costing the team a loss.

Was glad to see Stamkos get the hat trick (3 goals). He botched a shot during an overtime shootout a few nights prior which ended up costing the team a loss.

Yeah there's a reason she doesn't work in radio.

Yeah there’s a reason she doesn’t work in radio.

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Paul Kennedy (left) has had the same facial expression since 1994.  I looked but didn't see any wires.

Paul Kennedy (left) has had the same facial expression since 1994. I looked but didn’t see any wires.

Intermission out on the Bud Light party deck on a warm breezy night... I love Florida life.

Intermission out on the Bud Light party deck on a warm breezy night… I love Florida life.

For a few minutes in the 3rd, we caught the game from the 8th row.  Security isn't overbearing on stuff like this.  I'm glad. Final score, Tampa Bay 7, Montreal 1.

For a few minutes in the 3rd, we caught the game from the 8th row. Security isn’t overbearing on stuff like this. I’m glad.
Final score, Tampa Bay 7, Montreal 1.



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