Young Tampa Bay Lightning fan Tripp Nugent, with the team's assistant general manager, Mathieu Darche, in 2022.
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Tampa Bay Lightning make heartbreaking announcement

Published April 1, 2024 at 3:59 PM

On Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning made a heartbreaking announcement on X.

The team informed us that Tripp "Trippy" Nugent, a young fan, succumbed to a brain tumor at the age of eight. .

Tripp had the honor of signing a one-day contract with the Lightning in 2022, allowing him to join the team members for a day filled with unforgettable experiences.

"Jon Cooper taking in morning skate with six-year-old Tripp Nugent, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in late September. He'll be the #Bolts honorary captain tonight. Cooper had dinner last night with the whole Nugent family, who are Lightning season ticket holders 💙"

Tamp Bay Lightning organization and head coach Jon Cooper mourn the loss of young fan Tripp Nugent

Nugent had a real impact on the team and it can be felt through the following statement:

"We are devastated to learn of the passing of our buddy, Tripp "Trippy" Nugent. He signed a one-day contract with us in 2022 and quickly became part of the team with his energy and love for hockey. Bolts Nation will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time.

Tripp "Trippy" Nugent

The Bolts' head coach Jon Cooper also made a heartbreaking declaration:

"For him not to be around us anymore, it's gut-wrenching. It's heartbreaking. I can see him like he's right here. When he left us, he was wearing a Stammer shirt listening to Thunderstruck, if that doesn't say it all. What a magnificent little boy he was. The heart's a little weaker today for sure."

We'll see how this heavy loss affects the team's perfromance tonight, as they take on the Detroit Red Wings..

Our deepest condolences go out to Tripp's family and friends during this difficult time.

Source: Markerzone - Lightning announce heartbreaking passing in the organization
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