The Lightning were not the only ones to lose Steven Stamkos for a long time on Monday. Team Canada probably will be without a top-six Olympic forward in February. The NHL will be down one of the good guys — a young, friendly, humble superstar who plays the game the right way.
“It’s obviously tough to see him go down, not only for our team. He’s one of the best players in the world,” said Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper. “People come and cheer the Boston Bruins here. But they also come to see guys like Steven Stamkos play hockey. It’s a loss for everybody.”