The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Al Couture as the second Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Couture, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to West Pasco Habitat for Humanity.
Couture is the kind of person who sees a need and then figures out a way to fulfill it. At the age of 82, Couture volunteers more than 25 hours a week at his local Habitat for Humanity and also cooks for residents at a local hospice house. Couture came to Habitat for Humanity 20 years ago after retiring from the Navy shipyard after seeing how much need there was in his community.
Facing personal challenges while he was growing up, Couture got assitance from his community to help him land on his feet. Since being retired, Couture has decided to return the favor with countless hours of service to his community in many different ways, including serving as president for the Habitat for Humanity in West Pasco. Couture's personal experiences give him a special connection to people in need, whether it's a broken family, a hospice patient or a stressed caregiver.