Monday, June 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning Nuts & Bolts: Time for dads trip

Short shift w/D Matt Carle

First car: A 1988 Chevy Silverado. I just drove it in the summers. My dad still has it.

First job: I was 7 or 8, worked at a commissary, washing buckets and doing the grunt work.

Best restaurant in Tampa: CineBistro (movie theater that serves meals), if that counts as a restaurant.

Favorite dad activity: Nap time. (Daughter Sophie is 11/2.)

Must-TiVo TV show: Probably Entourage.

Go-to karaoke song: Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks. Think that gets everyone going.

Best concert: I saw U2 in Minnesota a few summers ago. It was outdoors, and it completely poured on us, and we had a good time.

Home sweet home

Forward Jonathan Marchessault will soon give up room service for a room of his own.

Marchessault, 25, has lived out of a downtown Tampa hotel since getting called up from AHL Syracuse in late October. But Marchessault plans to finally move his family of four into an apartment in Brandon this week. Marchessault and wife Alexandra have two young children, James, who is almost 2, and Victoria, who was born in October. They had been looking for a short-term lease and found a month-to-month spot where they can settle in.

"It'll be good," Marchessault said. "We'll make the most of it."

Marchessault has been in two hotels, noting that the second one had a kitchen and a small living room.

"It wasn't that bad," he said.

Marchessault said he'll miss some of the perks of hotel life, such as maid service and room service. He does, however, regret not signing up for the hotel's reward-points system. After all, Marchessault might have been able to pay for a family summer vacation.

Father Knows Best

The Lightning is holding its second annual dads trip this weekend on the two-game swing through Pittsburgh and Raleigh, N.C.

Most of the fathers showed up, from as far as Sweden and Russia, including G Andrei Vasilevskiy's dad, Andrei. The players and dads travel on the team plane, get together for dinners and pose for photos.

D Victor Hedman has his dad, Olle, on the trip. Hedman said he'll never forget how his father worked two jobs every day, at a paper mill and for the Modo hockey team as equipment manager.

Olle, who is turning 60, has been at the paper mill since he was 18.

"I can't stress enough how much it meant to me not to feel any pressure of playing hockey," Hedman said. "(Olle) just wanted me to be happy and do whatever I thought was fun. You don't really realize that until you become a little bit older, but the amount of time they put into their kids was phenomenal. I'll be forever grateful."

Hedman said his dad also played hockey, as a goalie, the position the 6-foot-6 defenseman started at.

"Don't ask him about his career," Hedman said, smiling. "He wasn't too happy about that one."

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