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Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy spends day with the Stanley Cup

The Cup was aboard a yacht and made a trip to a Tampa coffee shop on Saturday.
Andrei Vasilevskiy walks off the team plane with the Stanley Cup after landing back in Tampa in late September.
Andrei Vasilevskiy walks off the team plane with the Stanley Cup after landing back in Tampa in late September. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Nov. 23, 2020

TAMPA — Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy celebrated his day with the Stanley Cup this past weekend in Tampa.

Vasilevskiy drew attention from onlookers Saturday night while on a yacht docked in Garrison Channel near American Social on Harbour Island.

Vasilevskiy had a small party on the yacht with his parents, who flew in from Russia, and a few friends. Among the attendees were Lightning teammates Alex Killorn and Alex Volkov and e-gaming star Turner “Tfue” Tenney.

Earlier in the day, Vasilevskiy made an impromptu stop at Buddy Brew Coffee in Hyde Park — where he is a regular patron — putting the Cup on the counter and welcoming customers to take a photo with it.

Vasilevsky’s agent, Dan Milstein, promised the three Lightning players he represents — Vasilevskiy, Volkov and Nikita Kucherov — that if they won the Stanley Cup, he would bring his agency’s yacht up from South Florida to celebrate.

Kucherov and Volkov are slated to have their days with the Cup this weekend.

The day also offered a glimpse at Vasilevskiy’s new goalie mask, which features him hoisting the Cup on the side.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Lightning players who want to celebrate with the Cup now have to do so in Tampa.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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