Alex Killorn’s main job is playing hockey for the Lightning, but he’s making the most of his side gig during the coronavirus shutdown, hosting his “Dock Talk” Instagram Live show.
He’s pretty good with scoops, too — claiming Thursday that a second season of the popular Netflix series, Tiger King, will be filmed in Tampa.
The third installment of Killorn’s show was a Tampa Bay sports crossover, featuring interviews with Bucs tight end Cameron Brate, Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier and Lightning teammates Andrei Vasilevskiy and Mikhail Sergachev.
Among the topics of note:
- A second season of the Tiger King series will be based in Tampa and feature Carole Baskin, the Big Cat Rescue founder. “Inside info that I have,” Killorn said. "My realtor is finding a spot for the producer who made Tiger King, the first episode, (and) they’re doing a second season. And it’s going out of Tampa.''
- Brate has been working out with new Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, even though such sessions aren’t supposed to be taking place right now. “I don’t know if I should say this, but you told me off-camera you’ve been doing some workouts with Brady,” Killorn said. "Is this something that’s public knowledge, or is that not public knowledge?'' When Brate answered somewhat uncomfortably that it was public, Killorn surmised that it must not be. Brate then tried a misdirection play, saying he has been doing "virtual workouts with Brady.'' Killorn tried to add to the cover: "Virtual workouts — and you’ve been doing them on your, um, laptop.'' Killorn added, "Don’t worry, that’ll all be edited out on the final version.''
- Kiermaier is interested in starting to roller blade. Apparently, he had a pretty rough time when given the chance to skate with the Lightning. “I suck at ice skating,” he said. "I’m terrible. I skated with you guys before, and I think I haven’t got invited back since for a reason. It’s okay. I’m not going to hold any grudges. But if I were to pick up roller blading, would that help a little bit, or no?'' Killorn answered, "I’m probably the worst guy to ask, because people have said I’m the worst skater in the NHL and people tend to make fun of me for falling a lot. But I will say roller blades will help you out.''
- Vasilevskiy, riding along with Sergachev as his “Uber Sea Doo” driver, has been passing his time roller-blading, apparently shirtless, on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. He also spends his time fishing, including at a “nice spot” at the Skyway Bridge with Sergachev and Nikita Kucherov.
- Kiermaier raved that Ji-Man Choi is the funniest and most entertaining teammate, on and off the field. "Ji-Man might not appreciate me saying this, but he just looks like a cute, fat, little baby trapped in a 28-year-old’s body. I love him. He’s great for the team. Always keeping everyone happy.''
Killorn, who zips around to each interview on his jet ski, presented his guests gifts, including the tie-dyed “Dock Talk” t-shirts, which are being sold for $30 via tampabaysports.com. The shirts, which benefit the Hillsborough Education Foundation, have raised more than $35,000.