Oct 25, 2011; Buffalo, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher during the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

Community Hero On "Game Days"

Tampa Bay Lightning Owner, Jeff Vinik started the Community Heroes project last season.  Basically, it is real simple…  at all Lightning home games an individual who is dedicated to helping out the community gets honored with $50,000 for the charity they are associated with.

What’s so ironic and special about this?

We are all witnessing another National Hockey League lockout that is into it’s 3rd month.  The Winter Classic may be on the verge of being canceled due to the lack of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement being in place.  The owner and organization could have chosen not to continue the project, but decided that was not right to do so.

Talk about a world-class organization with the best management the Lightning have ever seen.  Of course, we all know who Mr. Vinik took over from.

Where does the picture of Guy Boucher come into this?

You see… they need presenters of the money.  They also need to make it seem special to the person receiving the gift.  Jeff Vinik has presented countless checks.  However, with players being off-limits to be able to present they have needed to turn to others to fill the void.  Chief Executive Officer Tod Leiweke also presents.  Head Coach Guy Boucher very rarely has been seen presenting, and Vice President/General Manager Steve Yzerman has rarely been seen also.

They will be doing some more presenting than usual this season.  Mr. Vinik and Mr. Leiweke will continue doing most of them.


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