On Tuesday, Oct. 2nd my family and I got a special treat as Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach, John Tortorella invited us to watch his team practice before his season gets underway on Thursday.
The entire Lightning organization, including Arlynn Haarer, Jay Preble and Bill Wickett all in the Lightning PR/Communications office, could not have been nicer to me and my family. Upon arrival they greeted us with personalized Lightning jerseys (for me and my five grandkids) and allowed me to take my grandkids into the Lightning locker room to meet some players and take photos.
Coach Tortorella is a classy guy and spent lots of time with us on the ice before practice and signing pucks for my grandkids and taking photos.
The kids were in awe of meeting superstar Vinny Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis - all of whom were every gracious and accomodating.
We then watched the team practice - we were all amazed at what terrific athletes the players were and how gracefully they move around the ice.
Coach Tortorella invited my whole family back on Saturday night to watch the team play a regular season game versus the Thrashers. Go Lightning!