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Nuts & Bolts

Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts and Bolts

5 questions D Marc-Andre Bergeron

When did you get interested in auto racing?

I was pretty young. In my hometown there was a race weekend every year. I could hear it from my house.

Did you go?

We used to sneak in and look through the fence at the cars.

Why does it appeal to you?

I relate it to hockey. There's a lot of passion. It's something you need to love to do.

Have you ever been to the Indy 500?

Last year.

How was it?

It was pretty cool.

Name game

If you have seen the 2006 movie starring Jack Black about the fictional wrestler Nacho Libre, you know exactly why Lightning rookie LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie, above, has that nickname.

Not only does Labrie (la-BREE) sound kind of like Libre (LEE-bray), "he looked like Nacho Libre to me," teammate Ryan Malone said. "He's big enough, and he looks like a wrestler, so he could pull it off."

Besides, said Malone, who came up with the nickname, "I didn't know what else to call him."

"I love it. It's funny," said Labrie, who last week was reassigned to AHL Norfolk and never has wrestled.

"I fight, though," he said.

Starring roles

When Lightning equipment manager Ray Thill was asked to work the Jan. 29 All-Star Game in Ottawa, he was allowed to bring assistants Rob Kennedy and Clay Roffer. Each viewed the event differently.

Thill liked the laid-back atmosphere: "I think we might have sharpened four skates the whole time we were there," he said.

Roffer loved the skills competition: "I'm sitting on the bench watching (Bruins D Zdeno) Chara blast a 108-mph slap shot. It was very cool."

For Kennedy, cool was sharing the weekend with son Quinn, 7: "Just to have him there, be on the bench for the skills competition and in the locker room. Now he's paying more attention to the highlights. That wasn't there before."

Number of the day

Age Lightning star Steven Stamkos turns Tuesday.

Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts and Bolts 02/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 4, 2012 7:41pm]
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