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Best of the Web: Week of June 22-29

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

Swede Flow…

Little did we know that Victor Hedman was working on something other than developing into an elite NHL defenseman this summer.

Included in his offseason training program, Heds is also emerging as a new product tester alongside fellow Swede and current Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog to help introduce SimpliFlow’s FLOW Competitive Sports app, which originated in Sweden but is gearing up for a North American launch later this summer.

The app creates custom workouts based on one's own strengths and weaknesses, as well as provides detailed analysis of each individual’s results that can be shared with other users of the program. According to a report on Yahoo! Sports’ well-known Puck Daddy blog, the app was tested by both Hedman and Landeskog in New York City recently, where both participated in workouts focused on building core strength and power through movements that also help improve players’ mobility and flexibility.

To summarize, it’s pretty much like having your personal trainer on the go, and come September when the Lightning return to Tampa Bay for training camp, we’ll see if Hedman comes back an improved player because of it.

Drop The Hammer For Stammer…

It’s that time of year again when sports fans worldwide cast their vote for ESPN’s annual ESPY Awards, honoring all the best – including players, games, plays and champions – that the last year in sports had to offer.

It’s also one of the rare times throughout the year when the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (heavy emphasis on the entertainment, not so much on the sports) acknowledges hockey exists as one of the major professional sports in North America, and perhaps so much so, that it even affords the sport its very own ESPY category under the moniker of “Best NHL Player.”

Naturally, the league’s leading goal scorer and our very own Steven Stamkos would fall under that classification, and YOU can help him bring home additional hardware this summer to go along with his Rocket Richard Trophy by casting your vote here.

Koekkoek For The NHL…

Fresh off the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, the Bolts’ 10th overall pick Slater Koekkoek is just that to begin his NHL career.

How do I know?

Well, other than expressing his excitement verbally during a media scrum just minutes after being drafted at the CONSOL Energy Center, Koekkoek fired off a few Tweets just to leave no doubt for the folks back home and in Tampa Bay.

A few of the finer choices:

From Slater Koekkoek (@SKoekkoek): “Thanks to everyone for all the goodlucks and congratulations over these past few days. I never wanna wake up from this dream #sunshinestate”

“Really couldn't ask for a better spot or better people than @TBLightning.”

And finally…

“First time on the ice since becoming a #Bolt and couldn't help myself from daydreaming about dishing @RealStamkos91 one-timers.”

Yeah, wouldn’t that be sweet?

Isn’t this?

Leading By Example…

One of the main principles Tampa Bay Storm president Derrick Brooks wanted to implement upon joining the Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment family last year was providing service to others in the community.

The former Buccaneer great has held various youth camps and jockeyed for worthy causes in the past, but perhaps his greatest contribution is his willingness to create a transparency for those in the community, so that they get a sense of who he is off the field.

He recently spoke to a group of youths at the 2012 Sherriff’s Rising Stars Academy, where he expressed the importance of leadership and striving to be upstanding citizens.

Overall, it’s a good message, but one that can only be received in full if you have a lot of time on your hands because the video is 48 minutes long.

Wild Boyz…

Fans often are curious to know what we employees here at the Lightning are up to all summer when the season is not in session.

The answer is we do pretty much the same thing we do during the season, but the same can’t be said for the Lightning players, who are probably more interesting anyway.

Take Nate Thompson for example, who along with teammate and Alaskan childhood friend Tim Wallace, and former Bolts defenseman Matt Carle, appear to be quite the outdoorsmen back home during the offseason.

Here are a few snapshots from Twitter of what the boys have been up to this summer:

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