So Tampa Bay is having their third annual “Hockey Day in Tampa” promotion, an all day hockey extravaganza that celebrates their 25 year history in Florida, and part of the evening festivities ends with Much of the 2004 Stanley Cup winning Lightning playing with Legends and alumni of the Boston Bruins 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
Such players include (for Boston):
- Ray Bourque
- Ken Hodge, Jr.
- Rick Middleton
- Terry O'Reilly
- Phil Esposito (as coach of the Lightning Alumni)
- “Planet” Al Iafrate (12 games played for Boston, held the record for hardest shot in the NHL until Chara came along)
- Bruce Shoebottom (OLD MAN FIGHT. OLD MAN FIGHT.)
- And a host of former players of varying season lengths such as Cleon Daskalakis, Mike Mottau, Pat Leahy, and two different Sweeneys: Bob Sweeney, who played during the late 80’s/Early 90’s, and Tim Sweeney, who played in the mid 90’s, and whose children definitely didn’t edit his wikipedia page.
A number of Bruins Alumni play around the local rinks of Boston and outlying communities for charity and the like, but Tampa? That’s a pretty neat little trip to take in service of supporting the B’s after their pro hockey careers have ended, good on them.
We will update on whether or not this game will be on TV or stream.