Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Weekly Best of the Web: Week of August 31-September 7

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning
Fantasy Of Flight...

The motivational message adorning the walls within the Lightning locker room reads as follows:

"Fight. Freeze. Flight."

Nine times out of 10, head coach Guy Boucher will advise his players to heed the first option, although this past week, he made himself the one exception to the rule.

Boucher Joined the Lightning's Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Initiatives, Elizabeth Frazier, as the two ventured on a round-trip flight from Tampa to Virginia aboard a KC-135 military-style jet. The KC-135, according to officials at MacDill Air Force Base, is a long-range tanker aircraft capable of refueling a variety of other aircraft in mid-air, anywhere in the world and under any weather conditions.

The training mission, as it was called, was all part of a larger program dubbed Friends of MacDill, which demystifies the work that commonly occurs daily on the base, creating a transparency for civic leaders and local employers thoughout the Bay Area with a goal that aims to build relations.

Judging from several photos taken throughout the day, it appears Boucher enjoyed himself thoroughly, as he had a grin from ear to ear while it was his turn to operate the joystick that lined up the KC-135 directly above a KC-10 as the larger jet prepared to refuel the smaller aircraft below it in mid-flight.

Speaking of photos, here are a few from the excursion.

Behind The Back Attack...

There might be the expectation among fans that if a potential NHL lockout stalls out the beginning of the 2012-13 season, it will just as much foster the belief that there win't be any highlight reel goals to go around for at least a while

Tis not the case, however.

This past week, the annual BioSteel Camp was held in Aurora, Ontario, where NHL stars including PK Subban, James Neal, Tyler Seguin and the Lightning's very own Steven Stamkos showcased their skills under the keen eye of fitness guru Gary Roberts.

And skills they are, as a scrimmage between Stamkos' and Seguin's squads featured the reigning Rocket Richard Trophey winner Depositing this behind-the-back beauty into the net to beat goaltender Eddie Pasquale.

The move doesn't exactly hold a Stamkos patent in the same way that his famous one-timer from the left circle does, but it has proved to be a useful resource in the forwards repertoire at least for the past several years.

In fact, Stamkos made the same maneuver back in 2007 during the OHL Skills Competition, as seen here.

Just in case you were wondering, Team Stamkos ended up losing to Team Seguin in the shootout, but not before making a ase for a few style points.

O Captain, My Captain...

This summer has been quite the whirlwind for Slater Koekkoek.

Just weeks after being drafted by the Bolts with the 10th overall pick at this past June's NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, Koekkoek brought home his first piece of championship hardware with the Lightning in the form of the club's 2012 Development Camp 3-on-3 Championship Trophy.

But what is just as impressive as perhaps his on-ice skills is that Koekkoek continues to out-do himself as the summer comes to a close, while the Canadian juniors preseason anxiously awaits hom.

This past week, Koekkoek was named team captain of the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes, the same club whose notable alumni include Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, former Bolts forwards Steve Downie, Hockey Hall-of-Famers Wayne Gretzky and Larry Murphy, both Eric and Jordan Staal, and Chris Pronger among others.

But here's the kicker...

Out of these renowned names listed above, no one ever served as captain with the exception of Downie who wore the "C" during the 2006-07 season.

With the announcement on Wednesday, Koekkoek was anointed the 61st captain in team history  and will play his third season with the club in 2012-13. A complete record of Petes captain can be found on the team's official web site for those interested.
View More