It may not be a wager with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is jumping on the Lightning Stanley Cup fever bandwagon.
In a video posted Wednesday on Kriseman’s Facebook page, he issues a message to the Tampa hockey team.
“As we like to say, the sun shines here on us in St. Pete, but for the next two weeks we know that it’s the Lightning that’s going to be shining bright,” Kriseman said. “We want to wish the Tampa Bay Lightning great success in their Stanley Cup Finals. Bring the cup back home. We’re with you, and Go Bolts!”
Kriseman’s video comes as Mayors Bob Buckhorn and Emanuel made a friendly wager over their respective teams. The bet included things like craft beer from the losing team’s city and a charitable donation to the winning team’s mayor’s preferred charity.
It also comes as Emanuel released a statement condemning the Tampa Bay Lightning for its ticket policy. Throughout the playoffs the team has refused to sell tickets to people using credit cards tied to out-of-state credit cards. They also banned other team’s apparel in the Chase Club section during playoffs.
“As Mayor of Chicago, I welcome Tampa fans – and hockey fans from around the country – to fly to Chicago and enjoy our world- class hotels, restaurants, cultural attractions, and then go watch Stanley Cup hockey in Chicago. It doesn’t get any better than that,” Emanuel wrote.
In that same statement Emanual wrote he wished the Lightning management would welcome Chicago fans “and not be afraid to let them into their arena.”
For those who are familiar with the Tampa Bay arena, keeping Chicago fans who still live in Chicago out doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be any black and red spotted in Amalie Arena Wednesday night.
A Facebook thread asking for local Blackhawks fans turned up several key Chicago fans.
Also, this reporter’s hockey-playing daughter will also be rooting for the ‘Hawks. Her mom won’t be.
Retraction: a former version of this story said that former Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern is a Chicago fan. She has confirmed she is not a Blackhawks fan. Her comment on Facebook in which that statement was derived came from her previously residing in the Windy City, not her preference in hockey teams. In a statement, Mulhern said she is a Lightning fan. We apologize for any confusion.