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STEVEN STAMKOS TELLS STORY OF HIS STICKS BEING STOLEN BY TORONTO AIRPORT SECURITY

DEC 4, 2022  (15H26)      JON
In light of Mitch Marner's record-setting point-streak of 19 straight games, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was asked about his 18-game point-streak from the 2009-10 season. Stamkos said he remembers it like it was yesterday because of the way it ended.

The Lightning captain claims that the night before his streak ended, he & Martin St. Louis both had their sticks stolen - allegedly by CATSA in Toronto.


Stamkos was also honored last night for his recent eclipsing of 1,000 career points - all with the Lightning - making him the first player in franchise history to do so.


The ceremony took place on Saturday night, celebrating his huge achievement. Stamkos received a golden stick to commemorate his milestone, and each of his sons received a golden mini-stick. Very, very tasteful.


Steven Stamkos' career has not been without turbulence, which makes this situation even more special for him. He has battled through serious injuries over his 15-year NHL career and has gone through about every high & low the league has to offer.

On his career, Stamkos said: "It just makes it that much more special, the
adversity. That's what life is about right? How many times are you going to be able to get up after you've been knocked down? There were some tough days, for sure, but at the end of it I have a great support staff around me, starting with my family, my friends and the staff here in Tampa that have been in my corner since day one. It helps. I'm just really appreciative of that."

And the best part is, Stamkos is just 32 and likely has lots of runway left in his career. The assumption is that he stays healthy, but he is playing some of the best hockey of his career at this stage. In '21-22, he broke 100 points for the first time, and this season the Lightning captain is on pace for 99. So it wouldn't be crazy at all to suggest he could do it again.

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