BRANDON — In Steven Stamkos’ first media session since returning from the weekend’s All-Star Game in Las Vegas, the opening question was an obvious one.
Did his 2-year-old son Carter get to see the Zamboni?
“Of course he did,” Stamkos said. “He saw it about 100 times.”
Rewind to Saturday’s All-Star Game postgame news conference, when Carter, sitting on Stamkos’ lap, cut his dad’s session short with his persistent requests to go see the Zamboni.
Stamkos made his franchise-record seventh All-Star Game appearance, saying this one would be special because he was able to spend it with his family, especially Carter, the oldest of his two young sons.
“I’ve been to a lot of All-Star Games and I’ve been one of the younger guys at some of them and saw the kids running around the room playing hockey at the skills competition and in between periods and after the games and stuff like that,” Stamkos said. “And now, that was kind of the proud dad moment of the weekend, watching Carter play mini sticks with the other kids in the room, so that was special.”
Showing that young children have short attention spans, Stamkos said that since he took Carter to the Monster Jam at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday upon returning to Tampa, his son has now moved on to admiring another vehicle.
“He had a quick turnaround and we’re onto monster trucks now,” Stamkos said.
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