A wild week for the Lightning finished with a Bucs game at Raymond James Stadium Sunday to cap off most of the team’s Stanley Cup celebrations.
Tampa Bay finished its postseason run last Monday, flew from Edmonton to Tampa on Tuesday and celebrated with fans in a boat parade on Wednesday.
“It’s been a long week for sure,” Lightning forward Alex Killorn said on Monday’s Spittin' Chiclets podcast. “I’ve had so much fun.”
Killorn and fellow Lightning forward Pat Maroon joined hosts Ryan Whitney, Paul Bissonnette and Rear Admiral on the two-hour episode to discuss the Cup celebrations, life inside the Canadian bubbles and more.
Here are some of the best tidbits from the episode:
No, Maroon did not pee his pants during the boat parade
The Lightning forward said he didn’t pee his pants as he stood on top of a boat moving down the Hillsborough River during Wednesday’s celebratory boat parade.
“If anyone had some common sense in the world, I was pouring beer down my face and guys were saying I pissed myself,” he joked. “Typical Barstool (Sports), wanting to get their name out there. It is what it is, there’s nothing I can do about it.”
Killorn’s most special Cup moment came with his dad
Matt didn’t want to lift the Cup, Killorn said. But he wanted to cherish the moment with his son.
“He’s not an emotional guy,” Killorn said. “I’ve never seen him cry in my life. There’s a picture on my Instagram, the Cup was just sitting in the room and us standing side-by-side, we both got teary-eyed. It was a really special moment.”
Maroon and Alex Ovechkin had a weigh-off in the bubble
It didn’t take long for Maroon and Capitals star Alex Ovechkin to stir up trouble in the Toronto bubble.
Killorn recalled the two players finding a scale and doing a weigh-off to see which player was heavier than the other. Ovechkin said there was no way he weighed more than Maroon. (Both players weigh 236 pounds on NHL.com.)
Other players also made bets as to which player would weigh more.
“Everyone had me in the weigh-off,” Maroon recalled. “What a night that was. It was nuts, man. It was good to hang out with those guys.”
Killorn’s Sea-Doo trip with the Cup was in the moment
If there was one thing Killorn knew he wanted to do with the Stanley Cup during the boat parade, it was take it for a spin on his Sea-Doo.
He wasn’t sure how or when it would happen, but he told captain Steven Stamkos — who was on a different boat — that he was coming to get the Cup if he got the chance.
When Killorn saw his opportunity, he saw police officers give him the side eye as he hopped on a Sea-Doo. “Just put on a life jacket, all right?” he remembered one officer telling him.
“All right, buddy,” Killorn responded. “See you later.”
He drove the Sea-Doo over to Stamkos, who hopped on the back with the Cup, and the two made their way down the Hillsborough River. At one point, Killorn stood up, lifting the Cup over his head and let out a roar.
“It was probably the best feeling in my life, to be honest,” he said. “It was really special.”
There weren’t any awkward elevator rides
Maroon said players were pretty respectful of other teams in the bubble when it came time to get on an elevator. And no, there wasn’t any small-space sharing going on in the midst of a tense playoff run.
“Boston would walk in, they’d go in the elevator first, we’d wait," Maroon said. "Happened with Dallas, too.”
Maroon said at one point he was the only person on the elevator as the Stars players waited for the next ride up in after Game 4 of the Cup final in Edmonton.
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During the team’s field trip to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, Gisele Bündchen asked to see the Stanley Cup with her children, Benjamin and Vivian.
Stamkos asked Victor Hedman if he’d like to go to their suite. Hedman declined, but Killorn immediately spoke up.
“(Nikita) Kucherov heard (the conversation), and I’ve never seen Kuch get up so quick for anything in his life,” Killorn said. “He ran.”
When the trio arrived with Andrei Vasilevskiy to Bündchen’s suite, she preferred not to be in the pictures because she wanted them for her kids. But eventually, she was persuaded to take a photo with the Lightning players.
“She was so nice,” Killorn said. “Some people just have an aura when they walk into a room, and she had it."
The timing wasn’t right to request a Bündchen cameo on Killorn’s 'Dock Talk with Killer’ Instagram live show. He’s still holding out hope there will be an opportunity in the future.
Maroon is tired of getting chirped at
Looking back on the Dallas series, Maroon said he’d get chirped at every time he made his way toward the bench.
“Every time I go by a bench, it’s like, ‘You’re fat, Maroon.’ ‘You’re this, eat a donut,’” Maroon said. “I’m like, guys, I get it. It’s so g--damn annoying sometimes, because I get chirped how bad of a hockey player I am and how big I am. And sometimes it gets annoying. I had enough of it with Dallas. ... Throw me a bone once in a while, we’re in the same league together, I can’t be that bad.”
Killorn’s not ready to part from the Cup
Killorn said he plans to stay in Tampa for the immediate future. Returning home to Montreal would require a two-week quarantine and, as far as he knows, the Stanley Cup isn’t leaving the market.
“I don’t have much planned,” Killorn said. “Playing a lot of golf. We don’t know how we’re going to have our days with the Cup. I’m not in a hurry to leave here.”
Maroon offered long-distance advice to other Lightning dads for bubble life
Maroon is used to dealing with long-distance struggles with his 12-year-old son, Anthony.
The two got to spend a lot of time together last year when Maroon played in his hometown of St. Louis, where Anthony lives with his mom. But his time in Tampa put the two at a distance once again.
Preparing for life in the bubble, Maroon said quite a few of his teammates asked for advice on being apart from family for so long.
“It was a grind,” Maroon said. “I’m used to leaving Anthony every single year. I was used to being away from family. I know some guys were asking me questions about what it’s like. I told them it’s going to hit when you’re two weeks, one month into the bubble.”
Maroon said the bubble life was “tough at times,” especially the longer the team was in Canada. But the Lightning were fortunate enough to “have a good team.”
“We didn’t have that “throw-in-the-towel” feeling,” he said. “We always knew we’d find a way (to win).”
Asked how the team felt when Lightning defenseman and Conn Smythe winner Hedman was injured during the round-robin game against the Flyers and questionable for Game 1 of the first-round series against the Blue Jackets, Killorn said, “I don’t even remember (that). Hedman was hurt?”
Maroon wasn’t sure who was going to stand out once he arrived in Tampa, but he immediately realized shutdown center Brayden Point exceeded his expectations. “Point was so much better than I thought coming in. No one even talks about Brayden Point (out west). I thought him and (Nathan) MacKinnon were the best two in the playoffs this year. That goal he scored against the Islanders was something else.”
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