The day spent on the ice with Tampa Bay Lightning Bolts coaches and players like Brian Bradley and Dave Andreychuk was an experience for News Channel 8 Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve, quickly learning a thing or two about what it takes to play the net.
One of the first things Jerve learned was that he has one definite advantage in the net: his height.
"At the end of the day, it's about what you cover," Goalie Coach Frantz Jean said. "It's all about trying to be as compact as possible. So if you're a bigger guy, you're just covering more."
In fact, the Lightning has the tallest goalies in the NHL with Ben Bishop standing at 6'7" and Anders Lindbach at 6'6" plus skates and equipment makes them close to 7-feet tall.
Another thing Jerve quickly picked up on was how to properly gear up. He wore two pairs of wool socks under the skates, plus chest pads and shoulder pads. Then, Dave Andreychuk arrived with the jersey; one of the record books, as Jerve would be the first goalie wearing number 8.
After Andreychuk helped Jerve suit up with the jersey, helmet and all, he made is way out to the ice and into the net...slowly. Jerve took some shots in the chest and tried his best to snag one or two slap shots.
"In your opinion do you think this is the toughest position to play in hockey?" Jerve asked Andreychuk.
"Oh, by far. You know as kids we all want to be goalies. But then you realize at about 8-years old, forget that," Andreychuk said.
Check out photos from Jerve skating with the Lightning above!
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