Lightning will channel past in wardrobe-themed road trip
Taking a page out of Rays manager Joe Maddon's playbook, Lightning coach Jon Cooper planned a unique wardrobe theme for the team's upcoming road trip to western Canada.
On the plane ride to Vancouver Monday, players are going to wear old hockey jerseys from their junior teams, college teams, even going as far back as pee-wee. Cooper said that with the team heading into the hockey "hotbed" of North America, with games in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnepeg, it'll be a great way to bond and recognize "where these guys came from."
Some are wearing their old college jerseys, like Alex Killorn (Harvard), while other will go way back to their early years, with defenseman Matt Carle donning a jersey from his youth Alaska All-Stars team.
"It'll be fun for the guys and to get to find out about teams that you never probably heard of or never knew that guys played for," Cooper said. "And with some of those it'll give an opportunity for guys to talk about their teams, talk about where they came from."