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Inside the Lightning: The gear to debut on Thursday night

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

On Thursday, March 26, at 10:30 p.m., FOX’s Sun Sports, the regional television home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, will premiere a brand new episode of "Inside the Lightning" upon conclusion of the Lightning vs. Nashville Predators game. Titled "The Gear," this episode takes a look at modern hockey equipment through the eyes and experience of the Lightning organization and how it has evolved over the years.

The show begins with Dave Andreychuk, Brian Bradley and Assistant Coach Steve Thomas – all of whom started their careers in the 1980’s – comparing the gear from their playing days to the present. Their discussion includes the differences in wooden compared to newer composite sticks, as well as the bending of the blade of a stick and how that has changed over the years.

We also sit down with Lightning Equipment Manager Ray Thill for a comprehensive look at his job, and defenseman Andrej Sustr shows viewers how to put on hockey gear. Every position has its own equipment niche. While centers Alex Killorn andVladislav Namestnikov demonstrate the refined technique required in prepping their sticks for a game, goalie Ben Bishop and former goalie and Sun Sports color analyst Bobby “The Chief” Taylor have a chat about their all-time favorite goalie masks and the changes and improvement in goalie gear over the years.

Finally, two current Lightning players will take practice shots with vintage wooden sticks to compare and contrast the differences between modern sticks. See all of this and more on “Inside the Lightning: The Gear,” and be sure to follow @SunSportsBolts on twitter and visit for channel listings and exclusive Tampa Bay Lightning coverage.

Re-Air Schedule:

Sat 3/28/2015 5:00 p.m.

Mon 3/30/2015 10:30 p.m.

Tue 3/31/2015 10:30 p.m.

Thu 4/2/2015 8:30 a.m.

Thu 4/2/2015 6:30 p.m.

Sat 4/4/2015 10:00 p.m.

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