TAMPA – John Gordon has been a Lightning season ticket holder since the organization was founded in 1992. He often wears his white Kucherov jersey to every game so his 88-year-old sister can see him on the broadcast if the cameras pan over to Section 128.
And it didn’t take much to convince the 80-year-old to donate some items to the Humane Society before the Lightning matchup against the Senators.
“They asked and I would have donated anyways,” he simply said. “I’m a dog lover.”
Gordon said he has loved dogs all his life, growing up with four of them at various points. However, he doesn’t have one now because it wouldn’t be fair to the animal that he’s away from home so much.
It’s one of the reasons why he decided to donate two bags of Canine Carry Outs treats and a bag of RachaelRay Nutrish food.
Fans were encouraged to donate many items Saturday night including: pet food, toys, treats, grooming tools and cleaning supplies.
Those who donated two or more items were entered into a drawing to attend a morning skate for a future game.
Three 7-week-old mixed American Staffordshire puppies stole plenty of attention as they danced around their play pen.
Jerry, a dark brown and black mixed-American Staffordshire Terrier puppy; Jordyn, a light-brown mixed-American Staffordshire Terrier puppy; and James, a more medium-brown mixed-American Staffordshire Terrier puppy came from a litter of seven. Their other siblings are Jasmine, Jessica, Jamie and Jamille. All seven puppies are up for adoption.
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