TAMPA – In the next edition of Sun Sports’ Inside the Lightning, Bolts fans will learn all about rookie phenom Steven Stamkos
. Hosted by Paul Kennedy, Inside the Lightning: Steven Stamkos
premieres on Sun Sports Thursday, February 19 at 10:30 p.m (N. & Cent., FL) immediately following the New Jersey Devils at Lightning game telecast.
Growing up in Markham, Ontario, less than a half hour north of the hockey-rich city of Toronto, he first laced up a pair of skates at the age of two. During this special edition of Inside the Lightning, Stamkos, along with his family, coaches, friends and teammates discuss his extraordinary talent on the ice, as well as his maturity off of it. Exceptional abilities which made him Tampa Bay’s number one overall draft choice in the NHL Entry Draft on June 20, 2008.
Sun Sports’ producers traveled to his hometown and sat down with his parents, Chris and Lesley. They detail the responsibility they shared of ensuring that their son realize his full potential on the ice, while at the same time always enjoying the game of hockey. They also stressed the importance of doing well in school and how he earned honors in the classroom.
The two most influential coaches who helped develop Stamkos’ remarkable talents were Paul Titanic and Stephen Gaunce. The two coached him for the majority of his minor hockey league career and Stamkos credits Titanic for allowing him to be creative on the ice while refining his game. Both coaches taught him to respect the game and his opponents but note it was his parents who instilled his hard work ethic and competitiveness.
In 2006, Stamkos was selected number one overall in the OHL draft by the Sarnia Sting. This time away from home helped him mature and learn how to handle the pressure of media scrutiny. During his time with Sarnia he scored an astonishing 100 goals with 97 assists in 124 career games.
Sun Sports also spent time with Stamkos away from the rink as he relaxed at home. He shares what life is like as a teenager in the NHL and how he handles his responsibilities, both on and off the ice.
Current teammates Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, Ryan Malone
and Jeff Halpern speak about Stamkos’ maturity and growth throughout this season. Additional interviews include assistant coach Wes Walz who offers off-ice video work to provide extra insight and awareness to complement his game.
Multiple replays of Inside the Lightning: Steven Stamkos
will air on Sun Sports throughout the 2008-09 NHL season, check sunsportstv.com