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Son's video resume makes laid-off Tampa Bay Lightning employee a media star

Mark Gullett, left, one of seven employees the Lightning laid off, is getting job-search help from son Ben.

BRIAN CASSELLA | Times

Mark Gullett, left, one of seven employees the Lightning laid off, is getting job-search help from son Ben.

TAMPA — Let's see, Good Morning America, the Today show, Brazil's national television station. Mark Gullett said he and son Ben have been on them all.

"I'm shocked," Gullet said. "It's all been a little stressful.

By now, you know the story:

Gullett, the Lightning's vice president of marketing, the guy responsible for last summer's "Seen Stamkos?" campaign, was one of the organization's seven recent layoffs. His eighth-grade son, Ben, using his mom's laptop, Microsoft's Movie Maker and scenes from around their Brandon house, made a video explaining his father's skills to potential employers. It is on the Web at markbyben.com and YouTube.com

Gullett said the publicity has gotten him three promising leads.

"No hard feelings," Gullett said about being laid off. "Times are tough out there. Companies have to make tough decisions."

Fan appreciation days: The Lightning will host fan appreciation days at its final four home games. The promotion includes food specials such as $1 hot dogs and $2 beers for one hour before games.

Also, the Lightning will select 20 fans in a random drawing to step onto the ice at the April 9 game against the Capitals to receive jerseys off the players' backs. And players will walk a red carpet before the Capitals game and the game March 29 against the Senators.

Lightning honor: The Lightning will host a reception for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's man and woman of the year before the April 7 game against the Penguins. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Fans can attend a pregame reception for as little as $20; the event features snacks and drinks from 6-8 p.m. Fans also get a chance to meet former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk.

There also will be a silent auction.

For more information, call (813) 301-6855 or go to tampabaylightning.com.

Damian Cristodero can be reached at cristodero@sptimes.com. Izzy Gould can be reached at izzygould@gmail.com.

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