5 questions D Matt Gilroy
You're a Long Islander. Have you visited the Empire State Building? Yep, on a second- or first-grade class trip.
The Statue of Liberty? Five times, and Ellis Island.
How about the Amityville Horror house? Actually, I have. I've been there at Halloween, too.
What's that like? Scary, very scary. We went in high school.
Is it done up? No, the aura of it is scary enough.
A father's advice
Jean-Pierre Raymond, father of Lightning assistant coach Marty Raymond, above, did not want his son going into the family business. "My father didn't want me to be a mechanic," Marty said. "He wanted me to be something else and go to school. I grew up being told being a mechanic is not good for me."
How exciting for father and son, then, when Marty, 44, recently was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Montreal's McGill University, where he spent five seasons as a player and 14 as head coach, going 293-192-35 and winning the 2008 Queen's Cup, a league championship the school hadn't won since 1946.
"I was pretty excited about it," Marty said of the induction. "It was an emotional day for me."
Not only because he was surrounded by former players and associates but because of what it must have meant to Jean-Pierre, 71, who still works at the auto shop he owns in Pierrefonds, Quebec.
"My father worked seven days a week," Marty said. "I was raised to put in your long hours. That's how you're going to beat the competition. I instilled that in my players. Hopefully, my father got a little bit of a reward out of that induction as well."
Quote to note
"There's humble and there should be another word for Marty in the dictionary. He's beyond humble. He'll diminish anything he'll do. He'll put himself down. He's Mr. Humility."
Lightning coach Guy Boucher, on assistant coach Marty Raymond
Number of the day
15 GMs who blamed the Lightning's 1-3-1 defensive system for the stalling controversy in Wednesday's game with the Flyers, out of 18 GMs who responded to a poll by Canada's TSN TV network.
Lightning video coach Nigel Kirwan lived in Winnipeg for 15 years growing up. Not only was he a huge fan of the original Jets franchise, he attended St. John's-Ravenscourt School with the kids of owner Barry Shenkarow. He said he watched the team practice at the school's Dutton Memorial Arena.
No surprise, then, that Kirwan, whose family left the city in 1987, is excited about the NHL's return to Winnipeg and Tampa Bay's game there Monday against the new Jets. "I was very disappointed when the Jets left (for Phoenix)," Kirwan said. "I felt a real, genuine loss for the city and the people. I'm thrilled that the Jets are back. I wanted it to happen."