The Tampa Bay Lightning may have won the Stanley Cup during the 2003- 2004 NHL season, but the current roster of players on the professional ice hockey team have won the admiration of animal lovers for offering an assist to dogs and cats so they can achieve their goal– finding a forever family to love.
The recently unleashed 2017-2018 Barks and Bolts 14-month pet calendar features an array of animal-loving athletes who have stepped off of the ice in order to step in front of a camera either with four-legged members of their own home team or photogenic fur babies from The Humane Society of Tampa Bay who are hoping to be a pet parent’s draft pick. Photographed at scenic Florida sites, the calendar includes:
- Victor Hedman, who said “Cheese!” alongside his canine companion, Harry.
- Tyler Johnson, who smiles for the camera with his pal with paws, Reisling.
- Nikita Kucherov, who looked into the camera lens with Kayla, an adoptable from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
- Steven Stamkos, who struck a pose with his tail-wagging chum, Trigger.
- Anton Stralman, who appears in the calendar along with three bunny buddies, Charlie, Lisa and Lotta.
- Andrei Vasilevskiy, who shared his photo shoot with a few purring pals.
Pucks for Paws
Sports fans had another chance to show their support for the paws cause at Tampa Bay Lightning’s October 26th game against the Detroit Red Wings at Thunder Ford Alley, when Bolts Better Halves (the significant others of Lightning players, coaches and staff) held a pet supply drive. Ticket holders donated toys and treats, grooming and cleaning products, and pet food, and also got the chance to meet an array of adorable adoptables before the ceremonial first puck dropped. Game day attendees received a complimentary copy of the Barks & Bolts calendar, and a portion of that day’s ticket sales benefitted the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
How to Purchase the 2018 Tampa Bay Lightning Barks and Bolts Calendar
All of the proceeds from the sale of the $20 limited edition Barks and Bolts calendar will contribute to the ongoing work of The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, a non-profit which has been saving the lives of homeless companion animals since 1912. Calendars are available online and at both Tampa Bay Sports locations, AMALIE Arena and International Plaza.
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