Twas the night before Christmas and all through Tampa Bay
Happy Night 5 of Hanukkah! As some readers would say.
The hockey sticks were ready, blades taped up with care.
For on Tuesday night, the Flyers would soon be there.
Outside was quite humid,
the temperature was nice.
Need I remind you,
This is hockey paradise!
No chill in the air
No snow on the ground.
We skate in the air conditioning!
No frozen ponds are around.
“Florida shouldn’t have hockey”, the Northerners all thought.
But in 1991 The Lightning franchise was bought!
In 2004 we won The Stanley Cup.
That temporarily shut some critics up.
It made others mad, more mad by the day.
Then there was the black out which kept hockey away.
That next Fall, hockey finally returned.
A every expensive lesson, (I hope), was learned.
“Now Stamkos! Now Pyatt! Now Marty and Gervais!
On Bergeron, On Brewer, On Clark and Lecavalier!”,
Coach Boucher says with his laser beam eyes,
“You’ve got the talent! Play a full 60, you guys!
Defend the blue line, keep the puck in the zone.
Take more shots on goal & use more defense than you’ve shown!
The turn overs and penalties, they have got to stop.
Give 100%, guys, and you’ll make it to the top.”
They’ve Christmas with their families, a holiday to rest.
They’ll return to practice on Monday and give it their best.
With weather in the 80’s, Christmas picnics held outside.
No poutine in our baskets, but chicken southern fried!
While other team’s players walk outside and freeze,
Our boy have the beach, pucks and palm trees!
Though other cities argue, Tampa’s fan base is strong.
Boston, Philly, Washington… can’t we all just get along?
Brett Connolly’s in the World Juniors, we sure do wish him luck.
Even though we need him here! He’s a beast with the puck.
Injuries and more injuries have surely brought them down.
Ohlie, Shanny, Gilroy & Nate: We need you around!
We hope you soon get better, just take it day by day.
We look forward to the games where you come back to play.
Roloson and Garon prepare to block the net.
Steve Yzerman’s in control people… don’t you even fret.
JT Wyman plays quite well, he got the wanted call.
While Kuby & Hedman knock a Flyer into the wall.
Dana, Teddy, Hall & Blair lead forward the team to skate.
Downie, Moore, and Bugsy fight… in the penalty box they’ll wait.
The guys load their cars with toys to be passed around
To boys and girls with cancer, some being hospital bound.
From the top to the bottom, they’re world class with hearts of gold.
God help Jeff Vinik if the team is ever sold.
We love our sunny hockey, this much I will say:
We are truly blessed that Esposito brought our Bolts to Tampa Bay.
They’ll enjoy three games at home, then a road game flight.Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good hockey fight.
-On behalf of our entire staff
I hope this poem made you laugh.
All together we would like to say:
From our families to yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS DAY!
@HulaDolly -Dolly Reynolds