It didn’t take long for Alex Killorn’s “Dock Talk with Killer” live Instagram video series to take off.
The first episode — which the Lightning forward hosted last week from a jet ski — was a hit. So, of course, he was up for a second.
But the series isn’t just about giving fans an inside look at the lives of current and former Lightning players while the NHL season is on hold. Nor is it simply about growing Killorn’s brand or him becoming an “influencer.”
Following Wednesday night’s episode, Killorn posted that “Dock Talk” T-shirts are on sale at the Lightning’s online store. All proceeds will go toward the Hillsborough Education Foundation so that children who cannot afford meals and/or obtain the necessary tools for online classes can get help.
Killorn announced on his Instagram that the T-shirt sales have raised more than $20,000 for the Hillsborough Education Foundation on Friday afternoon.
The one-hour video chat, which attracted more than 1,700 viewers at one point, gave Lightning fans a pleasant distraction in the midst of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
Killorn brought along defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and former Lightning players Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan for the episode. Vincent Lecavalier couldn’t make it, Killorn said, because his daughter, Victoria, had a golf lesson.
Killorn and Sergachev poked fun at one another, Killorn admitting it was Sergachev who inspired him to stream the “Dock Talk” episodes in the first place.
The two chatted about Sergachev’s 2-year-old Bengal cat, Niagara, and his near-daily workout regimen (which includes borrowing a friend’s gym four times a week, as well as yoga sessions with his girlfriend, Liza, every other day).
Killorn then moved on to former fan-favorite Girardi, who was joined by his children, Landon and Shaye.
”(The kids) are pretty jacked up right now,” Girardi joked.
The former Lightning blueliner didn’t wait for Killorn to get the party started, tuning in early to catch Killorn’s chat with Sergachev while sipping red wine. Girardi quipped it was his first glass of the day.
At one point, Killorn handed his phone to Girardi so the retired defenseman could share one of his famous tales.
“We Purell’ed the phone,” Killorn joked.
Prompted by a fan’s question, Killorn asked Girardi how many shots he blocked in his career.
Girardi couldn’t put his finger on an exact number but said it was more than 1,900 (records say 1,954). He was ranked first in the league when he retired, but Chicago’s Brent Seabrook has since passed him.
Killorn’s last visit, to Callahan’s house, was probably the most entertaining for Lightning fans.
The two talked about Boston’s Brad Marchand licking Callahan’s face during Game 4 of the 2018 Eastern Conference semifinals.
“I was in shock,” Callahan said. “It was a scumbag move to do. I didn’t know how to react.”
Callahan’s shoulder was dislocated at the time, so it was taped to his body, prompting an awkward-looking comeback at Marchand.
The Lightning won the series, four games to one.
“We got the last laugh out of that one,” Callahan said.
As a sign of appreciation, Killorn gave each of his guests gifts. Sergachev received a cat-themed fanny pack and Union Studio gift card. Girardi got some Icy Hot for his ankles and a Tide To Go pen. Callahan scored some treats for his dog, Levi.
They also received “Dock Talk” T-shirts.
“This will be perfect to wash the car with," Callahan joked.
Other nuggets from the episode
- Killorn is trying to get a Bucs-themed episode lined up. He acknowledged bringing Tom Brady on board would be a stretch, but he might be able to get in touch with other players on the team.
- His favorite Lightning player is right wing Nikita Kucherov. “I tell him every time I play with him, he’s my favorite. He thinks I’m joking.”
- Will he ever join video-sharing service TikTok? “Not ever going to get one. That’s where I draw the line. I’ll never look into a camera and just dance.”
- His favorite TV show is The Office. “I watch it every night before I sleep and during the day if I take a nap. My favorite episode is probably, ‘The Dinner Party.’”
- Favorite arena to play in: Killorn said the Bell Centre in Montreal is pretty cool because he’s able to play in front of his home crowd, but Rogers Arena in Vancouver is probably his favorite because he always plays well there.
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