Tampa Bay Lightning Offseason Social Media Round-Up

The Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy are teammates for Team Russia at the IIHF World Championships
The Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy are teammates for Team Russia at the IIHF World Championships /

The Tampa Bay Lightning are nearly a month into the offseason, after failing to make the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. For some of the guys, that means some well-deserved R&R, having gone on extended post-season runs the previous two years. For others, that means more hockey, just not NHL hockey. Let’s see what the Bolts are up to, courtesy of the players’ and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s social media accounts.

The NHL regular season may be over for the Bolts, but that doesn’t mean there’s no hockey to be played for the boys in Tampa Bay. Some members of the Lightning are representing their home nations at the 2017 IIHF World Championship Tournament in Paris.


Braden Point and Alex Killorn are playing for Team Canada, with Bolts head coach Jon Cooper behind the bench. Killer’s been seeing the sites in Paris, including a selfie with the Mona Lisa at the Louvre.

Nikita Kucherov, who’s playing for Team Russia along with Andrei Vasilevskiy and Vladislav Namestnikov, is naturally focusing on his game.

Lightning alternate captains Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman are both representing their home nation of Sweden, combining for three assists in a 7-2 stomping of Team Germany.

Other Tampa Bay Lightning players have joined the Syracuse Crunch in their AHL Playoffs quest for the Calder Cup. Erik Condra, Tye McGinn, Matt Taormina, Matthew Peca, Cory Conacher, Byron Froese, Gabriel Dumont, Slater Koekkoek, Joel Vermin, Adam Erne, Michael Bournival, Jake Dotchin, and Yanni Gourde are all down with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate, having advanced to Round 2.

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In non-hockey news, alternate captain Ryan Callahan has been out on the water, angling for some fish. Looks like he’s hooked a beautiful snook and redfish, neither of which were of legal size to take home. Here’s to Cally for being a good sportsman and abiding by the catch-and-release guidelines.


Andrej Sustr and Anton Stralman–prior to heading out to play for Team Sweden–posed for the Tampa Bay Lightning pet calendar, to benefit the Humane Society.



Luke Witkowski has, perhaps, the most interesting offseason hobby: he’s been picking morel mushrooms. The Bolts’ big blue-liner/wing hybrid might be larger than your average hobbit, but he apparently shares a passion with them.

J.T. Brown is reflecting on his upcoming entrance into fatherhood and playing video games. A lot of video games. Like, so many video games. He’s even been streaming his game play on Twitch.


He’s even had a guest appearance from Tyler Johnson.

Last but not least, Braydon Coburn participated in career day at Christ the King Catholic School, per the video on the Tampa Bay Lightning team Twitter account.


Stay tuned to Bolts by the Bay to see what the Tampa Bay Lightning players are getting up to in the 2017 offseason.