If you’ve watched the Tampa Bay Lightning’s incredible run this year or at anytime during the past 20 years or more, you’ve watched Rick Peckham and Bobby “The Chief” Taylor broadcast the games on television.
“I had more, “Oh wows, did you see what they just did then, this year than any other year I ever had,” Chief said.
Rick and Chief were rink side when the Bolts won the Stanley Cup in 2004. Both see similarities between this year’s version and the ’04 championship team.
“They proved they could beat any team, any style you wanted to play, and we’re seeing that with this team,” Rick explained.
Both teams flourished around a core of young forwards. In ’04 it was Richards, St. Louis, and Modin on one line.
“You had Cory Stillman, Ruslan Fedotenko and Vinny Lecavalier on another line pick your poison,” Rick added.
This year’s club features Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn, Ryan Callahan, and of course, the “Triplets.”
“This team is so much faster,” Chief noted. This team can handle the play at top speed. They play fast, as well as being fast.”
NBC has the broadcast rights to the Stanley Cup Final. So instead of calling the action, Rick and Chief are watching it on TV.
“Well I take notes throughout the game,” Rick said.
He uses the notes to form questions to players and coaches for post-game interviews on Fox Sports Net.
“And it’s great to be down there. You know as they’re coming off the ice celebrating a game seven win in the eastern conference championship, it’s a lot of fun, not the same as calling a game though,” Rick noted.
Chief co-hosts a post-game show in studio. What he wouldn’t give to call this Stanley Cup Final.
“For me, you live and die with this team. It’s a 24-7 job with these guys, you’re with them all the time. They become like brothers, or in my case sons,” he laughed.
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