Several people have asked me for a Lightning merchandise phone number and
I didn't have one then. I have one now: 1-800-732-BOLT. I haven't called it
myself. If you do, please let me know what kind of service you got so I can
relate it to others who might ask about Lightning merchandise.
The # was given during the TB/NYI game and they announcers said that Lightning
jerseys by CCM were outselling all other teams. I'll say the same thing I said
last year about the Sharks merchandise success: people already have merchandise
for their favorite teams. Even fans of teams with new logos aren't likely to
shell out the money right away.
One other note from the TB/NYI game concerning Kasparaitus (sp?). The
announcer said that his name sounded like a clinical fear of ghosts. That was
pretty funny. I think players will have a little Casper-itis when they get
hit by this guy. A Russian (I think) that plays D, hits hard/clean, and handles
the puck on offense deep in the other team's zone... The NHL might be the only
team sport that contains most of the world's best talent.