Bolts Represent Formative Clubs

Photo from Tampa Bay Lightning (via Facebook)

Players sport junior and college jerseys on road trip

Hey look! A reason for me to write about the Tampa Bay Lightning! The team posted a Facebook photo on Monday morning that any Icethetics reader should love.

The Bolts assembled for this week's west coast road trip, each sporting the jersey of their junior or college level team. It made for an amazing photo and I'd love to see other teams do this. (Although maybe they have and I wasn't paying attention because they weren't the Lightning.)

If my homerism is showing a little today, I hope you can understand. The Lightning are visiting Vancouver (my nearest NHL city) this week for the first time since December 2010. And it'll be the first time I get to see my team in person since January 2012 (weirdly, that game was also against the Canucks). Thank goodness for realignment!

By the way, I've got a lot of great blog post plans in the pipeline, but expect a bit of a lull through the first couple weeks of January as I use up some of my much-needed vacation time. I anticipate JerseyWatch 2014 will debut by the end of the month!

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Reader Comments (11)

Shouldnt Stammer be reping the Sting?

Dec 31 · 12:43 AM PST | Unregistered CommenterMatt C

Wow, look at that TPS Turku jersey.

Dec 31 · 4:10 AM PST | Unregistered CommenterSmugleaf

Chris, I think you may find that starting next month, there might be more to post about the Tampa Bay Lightning. First off, this is nothing more than a guess on my part. Anyways, the Lightning have had their alternate jersey for six seasons now and this will be the second season with the new shoulder patches. I can't see shoulder patches being the reason why a new jersey wouldn't be allowed to replace the current third, especially if they have been used for two seasons alone. I also can't see the Lightning stick with two blue jerseys for all that much longer. Their home and road jerseys are awfully boring and, they are in their third season of use and from what I have heard since 2011, a lot of people find them to be way too boring, which I agree with and far too similar to the Toronto Maple Leafs. I'm probably wrong and they will probably be status quo for next year however, if they make some kind of change, I wouldn't be surprised but as I said, that's just a good old fashioned guess. :D Anyway, I think it is really cool that the Lightning sported all those jerseys.

Dec 31 · 4:22 AM PST | Unregistered CommenterR

Pyatt is wearing the dreaded Elks 82's jersey - rival to my league (Westfort) as a youth in Thunder Bay. I won't hold that against him.
Favourite jersey of the bunch would be the UMD Bulldogs one.

Dec 31 · 7:31 AM PST | Unregistered CommenterWill S

You're right, this is great. I would love more teams doing this.

Dec 31 · 9:17 AM PST | Unregistered CommenterAM

Awesome picture, hope more teams do things like this. Pretty cool that Ryan Malone is actually wearing his old high school jersey from Upper St Clair in Pittsburgh.

Dec 31 · 9:26 AM PST | Unregistered CommenterAnimal24

it's like a pretty version of an ugly sweater picture

Jan 2 · 8:17 AM PST | Unregistered CommenterShakes

Aww, looks like Hedman must have left his jerseys at home. In Sweden. =(

Jan 2 · 9:43 AM PST | Unregistered Commenterdownrupyb

Love the Seattle Thunderbirds jersey. I just got a 2002-03 Nike authentic Thunderbirds Home for Christmas this year. I love that jersey so much and I'm going to put Brooks Laich on it this year.

Jan 2 · 10:47 AM PST | Unregistered CommenterMadflava76

I guess #6 on the far right didn't have any junior or college jerseys. He's wearing an Albany River Rats jersey from the AHL.

Jan 2 · 2:01 PM PST | Unregistered CommenterLmnop

Love Lindbäcks IK Sätra jersey!!

Jan 4 · 12:34 PM PST | Unregistered CommenterJW

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