There was a time, and it wasn't all that long ago, when Tampa Bay's Andre Roy stole the hearts of the Lightning faithful. He was the Bolts' tough guy, sticking up for his less-manly teammates.
These days, Tampa Bay's falling for another tough guy. This time, it's Zenon Konopka. He, too, sticks up for his timid teammates.
He's from the old school, too, eschewing such showboat tactics employed by Ottawa's wannabe thug, Chris Neil. He's all business, going about his job and, when he's done, heading to the box or off the ice.
That's why Colin had Konopka sign this Lightning puck during the team's Unplugged event tonight over in Brandon. Konopka may not light the lamp all that often, but he sure knows how to light up opponents.
Just ask Washington's David Steckel, who took an old-fashioned face-pounding Tuesday night in Tampa.