Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning Nuts & Bolts: Canadiens fans make pitch for Stamkos

Short shift w/associate coach Rick Bowness

First job: I worked on the highway in Nova Scotia, putting up stakes. So I did that for the summer.

What'd it pay? Probably $1, $2 an hour.

First car: MGD, 1967.

How long did it last? I had it for a couple years and traded it in for a similar model, 1970 MGD.

First date with wife Judy: We went to a movie. We were 16.

Favorite TV shows: Seinfeld. Love Seinfeld.

Read a lot? I like history books. Stephen Ambrose, I've read a lot of his books. My son Ricky is a history major at school, so I read a lot of (Ambrose's) books.

Know you're a golf fan. Favorite moment? Going to the Masters (last year). A thrill of a lifetime. One of the biggest thrills of my life, just to walk out in Augusta. It was completely overwhelming. That was by far one of the greatest days of my life, and the fact I could do it with my two boys (Ricky and Ryan, both in their 30s). I've always said I was going to take the boys to Augusta, Pebble Beach and St. Andrews. Augusta was going to be the challenge.

Heard a story you got in a fight while a coach on the bench? I had just retired as a player two weeks earlier, and I was a full-time assistant coach with Winnipeg. One of the guys, Timmy Hunter, who I had a couple scraps with in the minors, got called up to Calgary as a player the same time I went to Winnipeg as a coach. There was a bench-clearing brawl, which happened in the '80s. As he skated by, I said something to him. He just came after me on the bench. So what am I going to do? I took a swing.

Sustr's smile

D Andrej Sustr has a hockey-player face now.

Sustr lost one of his front teeth thanks to a high stick from teammate D Victor Hedman on Feb. 21 in Carolina. Sustr got a fake tooth, but it has been hard for him to adjust to it, so he has gone without, getting ribbing from teammates.

"The guys laugh at it," Sustr said. "I'm just getting used to it."

With Hedman the one who inadvertently knocked out the tooth, maybe the star defenseman should pay for the dental work?

"We'll see," Sustr said, smiling. "I'll try to talk him into it."

By the numbers

2.5M Meals donated by the Lightning since 2014 through the Goals for Food program with the Mosaic Co., a partnership that has been extended through the 2016-17 season. Mosaic donates $500 for every goal and $5,000 for every hat trick scored at home games to bay area food banks for meals.

Wild sight

Just a few weeks after a photographer C Steven Stamkos called "creepy" stalked him in the streets of Montreal, four Canadiens fans showed up for Friday's Flyers-Lightning game at Amalie Arena wearing customized Stamkos No. 91 Canadiens jerseys. They were waving around a "contract" for him to sign. Stamkos can be an unrestricted free agent in July.

Tweet of the week

"Had a great warmup!"

D Luke Witkowski (@L28Witko), who got called up Tuesday on an emergency basis, took warmups for the Bruins game, then got reassigned to AHL Syracuse the same night.

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