Driving to Tampa; waiting around; getting dressed in the Tampa Bay Storm locker room; seeing the Forum’s 20,000 (empty) seats from the blue line while they play the national anthem just for us. Playing; losing my breath; losing my temper; losing my temper again; losing.
Getting situated in the Forum prior to the game.
Awaiting the national anthem.
Hydrating between shifts.
Showering; leaving the locker rooms as the Lightning players come in; seeing Vinny Lecavalier signing autographs.
Vinny! That’s his head, I swear!
Watching the Lightning play on the same ice that’s still melting off our own uniforms; getting hit with peanuts thrown by Captain Beerslinger; celebrating a win.
Looking at the ice from a decidedly different angle during the Lightning game.