Tampa Bay Lightning's Teddy Purcell, left, and Matt Taormina run drills during practice at Germain Arena on Monday January 14, 2013.
Estero, Florida (News-Press) -- With beach volleyball, golfing and yoga at the Ritz Carlton wrapped
around four hockey practices while in Southwest Florida, Tampa Bay
Lightning players and coaches feel they accomplished their goals of team
bonding as well as good workouts and learning coach Guy Boucher's
"We had three goals and we met
them," said Boucher of the team's preseason camp at Germain Arena that
ended Thursday. "Look who's making the team, getting in game shape and
developing chemistry. We did everything we wanted to do."
wish we could do this all the time," star forward Steven Stamkos added.
"It's a way for guys to get closer to each other and have fun. We know
when we come to the rink, we have work to do. But there's also fun
this lead to more Lightning training camps in Estero, home of the minor league hockey team the Florida Evernblades? Boucher smiled and
said he didn't want to put any pressure on general manager Steve
love it," he said. "It's a great environment, the hotel we're at, the
people we know are here with it being an East Coast League affiliate.
Home is great but when we're not home, it's a great place to be, it
Everblades president and general manager Craig Brush said he and
Yzerman will talk more about that possibility in the next month.
gotta want to do it," he said. "It also has to fit into our schedule.
We have Disney On Ice in September. There's all sorts of details. If we
could, we would. The fans loved it, no question."
300 fans per day attended the workouts. Brush's staff handed out two
free vouchers to any Everblades game Thursday to each fan who attended.
LIGHTNING MAKE CUTS: Former Florida Everblade Mike Angelidis was among players cut by Tampa Bay on Thursday.
The Lightning will carry 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.
the last two players who made the team were forwards Cory Conacher and
Pierre-Cedric Labrie. They played at Norfolk and Syracuse the past two
HEALTH: Another thing the Lightning positively had happen in training
camp was no injuries to their core that will keep them out of Game 1.
"That's one thing in training camp, guys pull something," Boucher said.
"Yeah, it's a relief, a major relief."