A feel-good story from this past week, Vincent Lecavalier and several of his Lightning teammates including Alex Killorn, Matt Carle, BJ Crombeen and Teddy Purcell all went bald for the cure on Wednesday, shaving the locks off their heads all in the name of charity.
The goal was to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research through the Fourth Annual Bright House Networks Cut For A Cure campaign, presented by Carrabba’s Italian Grill.
There was a lot of coverage on this event from both the official Lightning web site, as well as its various social media platforms, so I won’t revisit all the details.
But perhaps what you can’t find in just reading the story online is the sense of overwhelming support the event got from the community.
Team Lightning, comprising the five Bolts players, raised approximately $150,000, which accounted for nearly half of the $341,000 raised in total as of Friday morning. There were also several hundred people in attendance, as the event continues to grow each year in support of the cause.
Players, such as Purcell and Killorn, and fans took to Twitter during and immediately after the event, lending their thoughts and sharing their stories as well regarding not only the players’ efforts, but some personal vignettes of how cancer has affected their own lives.
For example, Purcell gave thanks to Makayla, a young girl who battling cancer herself, and Josh, a young boy, who had the privilege of shaving Purcell’s head.
From @teddypurcell16: “Another great time tonight at #CutForACure for pediatric cancer. My buds @merkayler and Josh did a great job shaving my head #HighAndTight”
Purcell later went on to say on camera how much this event means to the kids, as it allows them “to just forget about everything for a few hours and have a little fun.”
Turns out, Purcell’s comments were spot on, as Makayla then Tweeted:
“Tonight was amazing! #CutForTheCure #HighAndTight @teddypurcell16 @Beener_26 @mattcarle25 @AKillorn19”
Similarly, Killorn gave a shoutout to his stylist, Lindsey Rose, over the Internet in much the same fashion:
From @AKillorn19: “Great time getting my head shaved by Lindsey at #CutForACure for pediatric cancer. #NoHair #DontCare”
All and all, it was a terrific night for everyone involved, and in case you were curious, here is both a before and after picture.
THE BUSINESS OF HOCKEY
A recent quick-hits type piece in The Sports Business Journal recently caught up with both Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, as well as Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik to collect their thoughts on what it’s like to own a professional sports franchise and the decision that went into doing so.
There’s not much to say really, but you can read the synopsis for yourself, which has some pretty good quotes from Vinik, reiterating his philosophy and his vision for the organization moving forward.
Here is what Jacobs and Vinik had to say in the article, with all the key quotes from each individual pulled out of the story for easier reading.
A DISTINCT LICKING MOTION?
This is odd.
Watching the NHL highlights of games around the league from last night, I stumbled across a disturbing, yet perhaps effective, way of winning a faceoff.
It came courtesy of Buffalo Sabres forward Steve Ott, who in squaring off on the dot against Montreal Canadiens forward Jeff Halpern on Thursday night, actually tried to lick the former Lightning forward’s face to gain an advantage in winning the draw.
Not only did Ott lose the faceoff, he very well might have lost his pride too.
That’s because Ott, as of late, is a repeat offender.
Last month, it was Ott who blew a kiss to Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf during a March 21 game against Buffalo’s division rivals, and wouldn’t you know it, it was Ott again on Thursday night turning one of his usually effective agitations, into nothing more than an awkward flirtation.
There are so many jokes to be made here, ranging from Ott wanting to merely “taste” victory, or the fact that Ott lost the faceoff. Cleanly.
Mind you, all of this seems to be in good fun, as Ott and Halpern played two seasons together with the Dallas Stars, so one imagines this is more delicious than malicious.
Regardless, it was still weird.