NOT YOUR ORDINARY OFFSEASON TOURNAMENT
While a lot of NHL players spend their time on the golf course in the dog days of summer, other players around the league spent Thursday competing at the tables. The ping-pong tables that is.
“Smashfest!” is a charity ping-pong challenge hosted by former Lightning forward and current New York Ranger Dominic Moore and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) each July, starting in 2012. The event was created to raise money and awareness for concussions and cancer with all money being donated to various brain-injury concussion research foundations and the Katie Moore Foundation.
After a tough battle with a rare form of liver cancer, Moore’s wife, Katie, passed away this past January. His older brother Steve also suffered a career-ending concussion and vertebrae injury to his neck while playing for the Colorado Avalanche.
NHL players who came to the fan-inspired event in Toronto included the Sharks’ Logan Couture, the Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel and David Clarkson, the Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner and the Lightning’s own Martin St. Louis.
The @NHL tweeted: “Art Ross winner @TBLightning Martin St. Louis shows off his ping pong skills at @mooredom's #Smashfest charity event” with an Instagram photo here.
A WORK IN PROGRESS
A new head coach came to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s locker room this season and with that came a new coaching style and team culture.
This offseason construction has filled the hallways of the Tampa Bay Times Forum with special attention being paid to the Lightning locker room and coach’s office.
Jon Cooper wants to bring a new vision for the 2013-14 Bolts squad, so don’t be surprised if this year’s corridors look a little bit different.
For a better idea of what to expect or not expect take a look at the team’s locker room here as it undergoes renovations.
We’ve also created an album of the construction here on the Tampa Bay Times Forum's official Facebook page.
FAN GETS LUCKY ON GOLF COURSE
From a Jay-Z concert to a wedding and golf, Steven Stamkos has kept himself busy this summer. Monday Stamkos tee’d up for @TheGolfCanada Foundation Pro-Am to kick-off the RBC Canadian Open.
One fan from Bolts nation was lucky enough to stand in as Stamkos’s caddy for the 18 holes. Take a look at the guest caddy watch on as Stamkos tries to knock his ball out of a bunker.
Wonder if Stamkos’s partner in crime picked up any tips from the star Lightning forward during the round, or maybe it went the other way around?
A WEDDING IN THE WILDERNESS
Nate Thompson and his wife Cristin were married this weekend in Bozeman, Montana and a pre-wedding picture of the two was shared by Cristin’s best friend Jenna in the Montana mountains.
Thompson tweeted from @NateThompson44: “Thank you for all the kind words to @moiramoiraxx and I on our very special day. #beautifulwife #whataparty #sayidoinmt”
Fellow teammates Steven Stamkos, Teddy Purcell and Matt Carle were all there to join the two for their vows and all took to twitter to mention their attendance:
@RealStamkos91: “Finally landed in Bozeman Montana.. Only took 2 flights and a 2 hour layover. This wedding better be good @NateThompson44
@teddypurcell16: “What a day in Montana for a couple great people to tie the knot.Congrats to @NateThompson44 & @moiramoiraxx. #bison#dfloor#shotblock”
@mattcarle25: “Congrats to @NateThompson44 & @moiramoiraxx. #bison#dfloor#shotblock and @mattcarle25: “What a weekend in Bozeman, MT for @NateThompson44 & @moiramoiraxx #congrats #newlyweds #saididoinMT #onewingedeagle”