Hi kids! Me again, Flat Stanley. I’ve taken over Auntie Lynn’s blog again to tell you all about my amazing day in Tampa with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Let’s start with the biggest news of all. Today, i met Steven Stamkos. He’s one of the best players in the entire NHL and he’s only 22 years old. He’s my new buddy. We got to hang out all morning at practice and it was so much fun to meet him and the rest of the team.
Today, The Tampa Bay Lightning played a home game. The game was a complete sell out. In fact, they’ve sold out all their hockey games so far this year. They have the most amazing fans and such great community support.
A sell out means no one could even BUY a ticket for the game tonight so I was SOOOO lucky to know Auntie Lynn. She snuck me into the game in her purse. It’s a good thing I’m flat so I could fit in with no problem.
First thing I had to do was learn the team mantra. Auntie Lynn made me repeat the mantra 27 times which is ALOT of times. The mantra is:
Choose Everyday! Get Worse, Stay the Same or Get Better
I don’t know about you but, I choose to get better.
Next, I had to get checked out by the Team Doctor. I was nervous I wouldn’t pass the physical since I had really been exercising or eating alot of vegetables lately but I passed.
He made me eat a plate of spinach immediately after the exam and told me I really needed to start eating vegetables at least 3 times a day. Then he made me lift up the Stanley Cup 41 times. The Stanley Cup is the award for the best hockey team in the whole wide world. The Lightning won it in 2004 and are hopeful to win it again really soon. It’s really HEAVY and it took all my muscles to lift it up that many times. It’s especially hard when you are flat like me. I learned today that whether you are an athlete or not, exercise and proper nutrition are very important to your success so you can grow up big & strong.
Finally it was time for the game. I was so excited I could barely stand it.
I saw ice for the 1st time ever and got to sit right on the players bench. Next, Auntie Lynn had me sit on a puck and she pretended like she was going to send me flying across the ice but she didn’t. Whew! I was nervous for a second there.
I got her back though b/c when she wasn’t looking I jumped on the equipment managers back and played hide and seek. It took her a whole hour to find me.
One of my highlights of the night was playing the HUGE hockey pipe organ. It’s so BIG and I got to sit right up there with the organist and play all these great hockey songs. It was so much fun.
My favorite part of the game was the tesla coils. They look like real lightning and light up everytime someone on the Lightning team makes a goal. They are so cool. I also really liked all the dancing. We danced the whole game.
Auntie Lynn told me that when Kaleigh was just a little girl she came to a game one time and just danced and danced and danced right in the middle of the aisle. Auntie Lynn said Kaleigh is a really good dancer. All i know is when I make it back to Raffles Grade 3C, I think we should have a dance party.
Anyway, I’ve had a long day. On game day’s Auntie Lynn works from 8 in the morning until 11pm at night so we are exhausted. Can’t wait to see what tommorrow brings.