Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning Nuts & Bolts: Callahan's grandma still a star at 100

Short shift w/ goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy

Favorite restaurants in Tampa: I've got a couple. Cheesecake Factory, Eddie V's, Fresh Kitchen.

Must-see TV: I watch TV just for hockey, like NBCSN will show a good game, I'll watch that.

Top movie: I like James Bond Spectre.

First English word you learned: (Laughs) Just bad words.

Most-visited website: I like websites about cars, new cars. If (there's) any new model, I watch the videos about it.

What's on your iPod: Techno, some DJs.

One special granny

Veteran wing Ryan Callahan said he'll often have people ask about his grandmother.

She's no ordinary lady.

Adriana Giancursio celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday, with Callahan posting a photo of her and a two-layer cake on Twitter (@therealcally24).

"She's a firecracker," Callahan said. "She's all with it and everything. It's unbelievable."

The hockey world got to know Giancursio a little in her December 2011 cameo on HBO's 24/7 reality series about that season's Winter Classic between the Rangers and Flyers. Giancursio, in a wheelchair, greeted Callahan after a game and sparked some laughs with her wit.

"God bless you, honey, but you didn't deserve that penalty," she said on the show. "Darn, if I could've, I would have gone down there and told (the referees)."

Giancursio lives in Rochester, N.Y., where Callahan, 30, grew up. Callahan said his grandmother had a big influence on him as a kid. The family celebrated her 100th birthday together at Christmas when he was back home.

"It's pretty amazing that she's still here and experiencing everything," Callahan said. "She watches every game on TV. She has the NHL package. She knows what's going on. It's pretty funny. We were at Buffalo Chophouse (in New York), and we had dinner; she came down. (Coach Jon) Cooper came over, and she started giving it to 'Coop' about how many minutes I was playing. She was having fun with it."

Quote to note

"They just have so much skill on their team. They pretty much have exactly the same lineup as last year, so just looking at that, they should be a good team. I think they'll end up in the top spot in the Eastern Conference."

Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, on the Lightning

Poll results

The Tampa Bay Times put together an online poll two weeks ago asking Lightning fans whether the club should deal wing Jonathan Drouin, who requested a trade in November. The results may surprise you.

No: 63.6 percent (257 votes)

Yes: 36.74 percent (141 votes).

Maybe Drouin's suspension for not showing up Wednesday for an AHL Syracuse game will affect fans' thinking.

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