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Best Of The Web: April 26 – May 3

Friday, 05.03.2013 / 2:38 PM / Features
By Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter
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Best Of The Web: April 26 \u2013 May 3
Best Of The Web: April 26 \u2013 May 3

ANIMAL PLANET

If you thought Pierre-Cedric Labrie’s successful catch and release tactics of a pelican several months ago were impressive, check out the latest chordate to be reeled in by Labrie and his Lightning teammates.

This past week, Labrie, Alex Killorn, Keith Aulie, and Victor Hedman went out on the boat for a little fun in the sun, and as a matter of fact, brought on board a stowaway passenger while they were at it.

Labrie and the boys came away with what undoubtedly was the catch of the day, as the quartet pulled in a nice-sized shark, and miraculously, lived to tell Tweet about it.

Killorn, from his official Twitter account (@AKillorn19), Tweeted:

“Great day on the water with @heds77, @kaulie59, @PCLabrie. Oh, and I caught a shark.”

The message was accompanied by this photo, and then another.

The outing not only was significant due to the group’s prized catch, but it was also yet another example of what has become a much larger trend for the Lightning players.

This, of course, being the growing affinity for all animals both big and small.

First, there was Labrie’s pelican. Add the shark, too, from this past week to the list.

And then, there was this:

Teddy Purcell noted on Twitter yet another animal-friendly incident, and to no surprise one that again involved Labrie, while the guys were barbecuing outside in the hours shortly following the big fishing trip.

From @teddypurcell16: “The boys @AKillorn19 and @PCLabrie found a new buddy out bbq’ing tonight. Pigeons always seem to stick together!”

This photo was included with the Tweet.

Not so sure Labrie’s little friend in the picture is a pigeon, but I think it’s clear where Purcell is going with that one.

ROCK THE VOTE

It’s that time of year again to take to the polls and exercise our rights to vote.

Barack Obama’s tenure in the Oval Office of the White House isn’t set to expire for another three years, so of course that could only mean I’m talking about the EA Sports NHL ’14 Cover Vote.

After Steven Stamkos graced the cover of NHL ’12, the Lightning are looking for yet another cover boy to be front and center of the sport’s most popular and successful video game franchise.

This year, that responsibility falls on defenseman and avid outdoorsman (see above) Victor Hedman, who in fact, has already successfully made it through the first round of voting and is on to the next.

Among the competition facing the big Swede in the second round are Eastern Conference foes Evander Kane, Joffrey Lupul, Evgeni Malkin, Eric Staal, Martin Brodeur, Tyler Seguin and Thomas Vanek, as well as a few select others.

The second round of voting ends May 5, while the third round spans from May 6-26 should Hedman make it that far. The final round is slated for May 27-June 2.

Hedman himself has already pushed his own endorsement over Twitter recently, from his official account @heds77 as of late:

“Join the #NHL14CoverVote #Victor4Cover campaign team by voting for me at http://covervote.nhl.com/#/ballot

“Thanks to everyone for helping me get past the first round of #EASports #NHL14CoverVote. Let’s try and get me through the second round!”

“Let’s get #NHL14Hedman trending @TBLightning fans! Again, thanks for all the support!”

“Keep voting for the #NHL14CoverVote using #NHL14Hedman. Only a few more days of voting.”

As you can see, this seems to mean a great deal to Hedman, so on behalf of both he and the Lightning organization, I encourage all of you Bolts fans out there to get out and cast your vote today using the link above.

OH CAPTAIN, MY (ALTERNATE) CAPTAINS

A big kudos from the Lightning family to forward Nate Thompson and defenseman Matt Carle, who each were named alternate captains for Team USA for the upcoming 2013 IIHF World Championships to be held in Sweden and Finland where they will join Lightning teammate and Team USA goaltender Ben Bishop.

The announcement was made just today, along with that of Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny being named captain.

Perhaps it only seems fitting that Thompson and Carle were named in tandem as alternates, as the pair’s relationship stems back to when they were childhood friends in Anchorage, Alaska.

Carle is making his debut at the tournament while Thompson was also an alternate captain on last year's squad.

Thompson Tweeted from his official account @NateThompson44: “Now on to Finland to try and bring home gold #USA.”

Carle added, from @mattcarle25: “Excited to be representing @usahockey at the World Championships.”

And with the news coming today regarding alternate captaincy, I’m sure Bolts fans will be just as excited to watch.