The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steve Stamkos holds the Stanley Cup, which is the third ever to come from the Florida team.
Baseball, he said, never meant as much to him as hockey — which was understandable given that his father and uncles played it. But then his father, Dan, had a play of his own that changed his life. On the back of a garage door, he ran “I AM A RINGIER OF THE STARS,” a bumper sticker that became a mascot for his father’s 1977 World Series championship with the Montreal Expos. Dan Stamkos began wearing it around town. And soon Steve Stamkos wore it around the league.
“Who knew we’d have a winning team?” he asked. “Baseball, it just can’t happen in Florida.”
The Stanley Cup traveled with Steve Stamkos and his new teammates to Times Square as part of a “Hockey Goes Hollywood” party on Wednesday night. Fans who waited for hours outside in the cold, and then had to spend hours standing in line again inside Rockefeller Center, rewarded the hockey team’s end of a long season with a rally among the crowds.
Guests arrived to a deluge of confetti. Hula-hoops and sing-alongs for the winning team’s players followed. By now it had reached double-digits degrees with sleet falling.
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