Hedman proud of Lightning's donations to hurricane relief efforts
When you think of all the money donated from Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, and from some of the former Lightning, well, D Victor Hedman said, “I’m very proud to wear the bolt on my chest.”
After donating $1 million to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort in Southeast Texas, the Vinik’s partnered with the Florida Panthers, the NHL and the NHL Players Association for a $2.7 million donation of the Hurricane Irma relief effort.
What’s more, former Lightning Marty St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier and Dave Andreychuk donated $10,000 each to the Hurricane Irma relief effort.
“You’re really proud as a member of this organization to see that,” Hedman said this morning during his pre-camp press conference.
The Lightning skate Friday in Brandon during the first workout of training camp.
Hedman arrived in Tampa on Tuesday night from his home in Sweden, his trip delayed several days by the storm. He said he followed the storm closely from afar, wondering like most of us, which path it would eventually take after it turned north.
“The only thing I was worried about was all the people in the path of a very strong hurricane,” Hedman said.
Lightning captain C Steven Stamkos and a number of Lightning players, coaches and team personnel relocated over the weekend to Nashville.
“For a lot of us who didn’t grow up in this surrounding, it’s something that’s out of your comfort zone a little bit,” Stamkos, a native of Markham, Ontario, said. “I think we got fortunate in this area it didn’t hit as hard as they thought. Obviously, thankful for the team getting us out and getting us back and everything is all good, but obviously our thoughts are with those people who got hit pretty hard, and I know our organization has done a great job of trying to raise some funds for those people.”
Stamkos said some of the Lightning have already donated to the relief efforts for both storms.
“This is our home for a lot of us and we’re proud of it,” Stamkos said, “and we want to make sure we all take care of it and do our part.”
Hedman said he expects the players as a team will make a donation.
“We’re all for charity work, a fundraiser for this kind of situation,” he said, “so pretty sure we’ll come up with something.”