Tampa Bay Lightning continuously prays for the safety of the citizens as Hurricane Ian jeopardizes the everyday routine of society. On Wednesday, defenceman Zach Bogosian stated, “We’re thinking of them”.
“Obviously we just hope everyone is taking the proper steps to be as safe as possible. Mother Nature is not something you want to mess with. It is a scary situation.” With the NHL season starting next month, the preseason games continue in full swing.
Lightning was scheduled to play against Carolina Hurricanes yesterday and with Nashville Predators today. The players wish to reschedule the matches due to the gravity of the situation. Their hearts and minds continue to wander off to be with their citizens while they stay seated in Nashville.
Tampa Bay Lightning stands by side as Florida faces Hurricane Ian
Furthermore, the Lightning shifted their training base to Tennessee and skated at Bridgestone Arena in preparation for their upcoming match against the Predators. Forward Pat Maroon said he made enough preparations before he started for the camp, like sandbagging his garage door, bringing in hurricane shutters, etc.
The organization stepped forward and helped reunite the players with their families and pets as soon as possible. With them being here, the players can at least be reassured. But not everyone could make the move. Then again uncertainty creeps in while the players think about those who are in Florida, facing the storm with the other citizens.
Maroon commented, “The most important thing was getting the family situated, making sure everyone feels comfortable getting out and making sure everyone is safe”. “That’s first, and then focus on hockey is next.” Time and again the organization urged caution for those dealing with Hurricane Ian, as warnings remained in effect as of Wednesday evening.
As per National Weather Service, winds are forecasted to have an effect from 45-60 miles per hour accompanied by storm surges of 4-6 feet, and rain possibility of 4-8 or more inches. Jon Cooper stated, “The people there that are going through this, you just kind of hope you’re not trying to test the waters”.
“Do the right thing. Get to higher ground. Get somewhere it’s going to be better for you instead of maybe where it’s a little more dangerous.” “Because at some point, there are going to be storm surges and things like that. So, you just have to keep weathering through this.”