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The Lightning's left- (oops) right-hand man



Stammer_2  Steve Stamkos has a right-handed shot. He signs autographs with his right hand. You’d figure those would have been clues to the ad agency the Lightning hired to put together the 47-foot tall collage of four players, including Stamkos, hanging on the exterior wall of the St. Pete Times Forum at the corner of Morgan Street and Channelside Drive.

Alas, Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in last weekend’s draft, the player the team is hyping as the next face of the franchise, is shown holding his stick left-handed. The good news, I guess, is his image only covers 10 feet.

“We made an honest mistake,” team spokesman Bill Wickett said Friday. “It is going to be changed.”

Any idea when?


Because Stamkos, who is shown in an action pose, has never played a game in a Lightning uniform, Wickett said the agency photo-shopped Stamkos’ head on the image of another Lightning player and inserted Stamkos’ No. 91 on the uniform.

Wickett said the mistake was caught before several other ad campaigns using the same image were released. But the mistake on the biggest and boldest sign slipped through the cracks.

Advised of the mistake, Wickett said, “Thanks.”

Tough to tell if he was being sincere or sarcastic.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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