Stamkos Says Tampa Is A Hockey Town
Steven Stamkos spoke to the media today about the All-Star Weekend here in Tampa. He truly was was a perfect ambassador for the City of Tampa and the NHL.
“That was the thing I was most excited about, was to just show off our city. Show off our community.” Stamkos said about the All-Star Game being held in Tampa. “There’s not a lot of people that get to see it on an everyday basis like I do.”
“To see the transformation that’s taken place really in the last eight years since Mr. Vinik took over the team. This is a hockey town.”
As proof of some of the hockey excitement in the city, Stamkos pointed to Friday night’s opening events. “This event hasn’t even started yet and just last night was a perfect example of the crowds and the lines of people waiting to meet the players. It’s been pretty amazing to be part of that transition.” Adding, that he “was most excited for everyone to come and see the great city we have and to really show it off on a big stage like this.”
“It wasn’t even a charity case to throw more Tampa Bay Lightning guys. We probably could have had more. It’s been that fun and successful of a season so far.” Stamkos said. “To be able to share that with those teammates is going pretty special. All of us are here representing the city. We’re just excited to show off what this city and community has become and how much hockey is loved here.”
Skills Competition Saturday Night:
The on-ice activities kick off Saturday night with the skills competition. Brayden Point will take part in the NHL’s fastest skater. Nikita Kucherov is part of the passing challenge. Andrei Vasilevskiy will partake in the save streak. Stamkos is going to be in competition for the NHL’s hardest shot and accuracy shooting.