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Tampa Bay Lightning has 10 players represented in World Cup

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Say this about the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team has a world of talent.

For instance, check the rosters of the World Cup of Hockey that is coming up.

Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Andrej Vasilveskiy have been named to represent Russia in the tournament. Ondrej Palat and Andrej Sustr have been named to the Czech team. The No. 1 defensive pairing of Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman are on Team Sweden and Steven Stamkos, the captain, is on Team Canada. Valtteri Filppula is on Team Finland. Goaltender Ben Bishop is on the North American team.

With 10 players in all, it isn’t hard to figure out why the Lightning is in prime position for the playoffs.

Play begins Sept. 17.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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