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Nuts & Bolts

Lightning Nuts and Bolts

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RW B.J. Crombeen

Favorite Halloween candy: Tootsie Rolls

TV show you enjoy watching with your kids: The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is the go-to show in the house.

Late-night snack: M&M's cookies

A skill you wish you had: I wish I was able to play the guitar.

Celebrity crush growing up: Jessica Biel (in her 7th Heaven days).

Paying his respects

Lightning coach Jon Cooper worked in New York in March 1993, when the World Trade Center was bombed for the first time.

His Lower Manhattan office — he was in the mutual funds and law departments for a major financial company, he said — was several blocks from the twin towers and across the street from a hospital that serviced those hurt.

Cooper said he even ate at the Windows on the World restaurant that was on the 107th floor of the north tower.

So when the Lightning had a day off in New Jersey last week, Cooper took a train downtown to visit the new World Trade Center and the 9/11 memorial.

"Sobering," was how he described the experience. "To sit there and reflect on what happened was almost eerie."

Cooper, who worked in Manhattan before he went to law school in Lansing, Mich., said those in his office in 1993 didn't know a truck bomb had exploded in the Trade Center's underground garage until ambulances began arriving at the hospital and word started trickling in by land-line phones.

"It was like the last people to know what was going on were the people down there," Cooper said.

About visiting the 9/11 memorial, he said, "I'm really glad I went, pay your respects. But it was sad."

Quote to note

"My mom actually called me the other day and said, 'Hey, you're almost there,' so that was kind of neat. … When you're getting a few more games than the average career, it's certainly something to reflect on a little bit and have a cup of coffee and enjoy it. And then you carry on."

Defenseman Eric Brewer, on playing his 900th NHL game last week

Number of the day

6 Points Marty St. Louis needs to pass the 933 of Tampa Bay assistant coach Steve Thomas for 92nd all time

Lightning Nuts and Bolts 11/02/13 [Last modified: Saturday, November 2, 2013 10:57pm]
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