The Rolling Thunder 20-Stop tour continued to Cheddar’s restaurant for Lightning Hockey Night last night. It was my first time seeing the truck since it’s renovation. I love it. You can see it, along with pictures of the radio show, by clicking this link to the album posted on my Facebook.
I was a bit disappointed there wasn’t the ‘chalk talk’ as said, however, I did very much enjoy the Q & A session with the coaches before the radio show started. The atmosphere lightened up and was animated as fans were asked to ask questions geared toward the game and not the work stoppage. The first question was my favorite. A woman asked if they talked French or English with Coach Boucher behind closed doors. They laughed and said that the topic had actually been brought up between them, and in an effort to improve their English speaking skills, they do in fact speak English. A younger fan, 12 years old (my son in fact) said that he knew they could pull a goalie to add an extra man on the ice, but asked if you could pull the 5th man to add a 2nd goalie. Oh, out of the mouths of babes. They all laughed again, and liked the idea. Too bad that can’t work, eh? When Coach Lacroix, who seemed particularly amused by the idea, asked him why he would bring that up, my son answered ‘Well, that would solve the problem with our defense.’ HAHA! Put him on the NHL director’s staff. I’ll be het could get this CBA cleared up.
The announcement was made that the first 4 games of the Lightning preseason were officially canceled. FOX 13 News was there to interview fans about their thoughts on the lockout. Other than that, the radio show went well. Thunderbug was there in old form, terrorizing children and being the pest that he is. Gotta love him.
I really enjoy the radio shows, and am thankful that they are able to do this even with the lockout. It gives us hope, and makes us feel like we still have something going on with the Lightning. Thank you to assistant coaches Marty Raymond and Dan Lacroix for making the night. Thank you to Dave Andreychuk, Matt Sammon, and Rick Peckham for taking the time to talk with every single person there about anything and everything. The interaction between fan and organization with the Lightning is second to none.