Tampa Bay Lightning

James Wright

scan0010 by hockeyttmDate sent: June 22, 2011
Date received: December 6, 2011
Total time: 167 days
Total players responses: 524
Total 2012 responses: 127

A little slow on the updates, but I received James Wright, shown here with the Tampa Bay Lightning back in 2011. James was a Tampa Bay draft pick in the 2008 entry draft, selected 117th overall. Since then, he has been traded to the Florida Panthers and toiled in the AHL with the Norfolk Admirals and San Antonio Rampage. Best of luck James!

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Martin St.Louis

Date sent: January 15, 2011
Date received: May 30, 2012
Total time: 501 days
Total players responses: 497
Total 2012 responses: 100

A nice and my first autograph by Martin St.Louis.  He is a fantastic player who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  It’s nice to see players like him, who go undrafted but then go on to very successful careers in the NHL.  I hope Martin all the best in the rest of his NHL career.  Thanks for the auto Martin!

Vincent Lecavailer

Date sent: July 7, 2011
Date received: May 3, 2012
Total time: 31 days
Total players responses: 485
Total 2012 responses: 88

Sweet, my first autograph by Vincent L. of the Tampa Bay Lighting.  I believe Vincent is a strict “one per” autograph policy when returning TTM.  Not much needs to be said about Vincent as he’s pretty much won it all.  A Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold and numerous amount of hardware from the NHL.  An amazing player and seems like he’s genuinely a nice guy!  Thanks for the auto Vince!

Scott Jackson

Date sent: June 22nd, 2011
Date received: December 6th, 2011
Total time: 167 days
Total players responses: 387
Total 2011 responses: 382

Scott Jackson is a big guy, standing at 6’3, about 215lbs.  Currently playing for the Norfolk Admirals, Scott has only one NHL game under his belt to date.  He was drafted by the St.Louis Blues in 2005, but signed a contract with the Lightning organization in 2008.  Thanks for the auto Scott!

Simon Gagne

Date sent: May 23rd, 2011
Date received: August 19th, 2011
Total time: 88 days
Total players responses: 296
Total 2011 responses: 291

A nice return from newly acquired to the LA Kings, Simon Gagne.  Simon signed a two year contract, worth 7 million dollars, to be with the Kings.  I do have to say the Kings are looking pretty decent so far and are poised for a nice post season.  Hopefully I’ll be able to hound Simon when I head to LA this February!  Thanks for the return Simon!

Blair Jones

Date sent: June 22nd, 2011, 2011
Date received: August 19th, 2011
Total time: 57 days
Total players responses: 295
Total 2011 responses: 290

Blair Jones, far from my previous post about a return (kind of) from the Great One, Wayne Gretzky.  Although Blair does have one award that Gretzky doesn’t have, the AHL’s Fastest Shot, clocking in at a sweet 100.7 mph!  Blair was drafted in 2005 by the Lightning, but has been toiling around the minors since then, being recalled here and there.  Just keep up those wicked slap shots and you’ll eventually make it to the NHL, I hope!

Shane O’Brien

Received IP: March 6th, 2011
Total players responses: 107
Total 2011 responses: 102

Shane O’Brien is a former Vancouver Canuck, but was picked up by the Nashville Predators.  Drafted 250th overall by the Anaheim Ducks, he’s known for his steady play and party ways (at least in Vancouver).  He regularly visited the Roxy, and has shown up to practices hung over.  Classy man!