Raining plastic

Steven Stamkos shot obliterates Powerade bottle

With a broken shin bone that derailed his 2013-14 NHL season behind him, Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos has been preparing for training camp next month by shattering a Powerade bottle.

Lightning centre prepares for NHL season at photo shoot

With NHL training camps set to open in less than one month, Lightning centre Steven Stamkos showed off his slapshot at a Powerade Canada photo shoot by demolishing a blue Mountain Blast bottle. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Opposing NHL goalies take note: Steven Stamkos is shattering Powerade bottles … with his slapshot.

With a broken shin bone that derailed his 2013-14 NHL season behind him, the Tampa Bay Lightning centre has been preparing for training camp next month.

During a photo shoot for Powerade Canada, the 24-year-old centre set up a blue Mountain Blast bottle inside a hockey net and blasted away (see below).

Look closely and you’ll see the little plastic pieces fly everywhere.

Stamkos’s slapper is one of the most feared shots in the NHL as his one-timer on the power play is incredibly accurate.

Last season, he still managed 25 goals in 37 regular-season games after scoring 29 during the 48-game lockout season.

At the 2010 Bauer Athlete Camp, the Toronto native impressed fellow NHLers with his Stammer slapper (see below).

For minor hockey players everywhere, Stamkos started practising his shot when he was 9 or 10.

His father, Chris, would take him to a shooting school twice a week and Stamkos would shoot 400-500 pucks each session. His popular one-timer didn’t evolve until his shot showed significant improvement.

“You just keep on it, shooting pucks in the summer, and before and after practices to this day I’m still practising my one-timer,” said Stamkos.

There you go, kids.


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