by Ryan Adams
It has been one of the largest charity events in the Bay Area every year for the past three years. The Bay's largest cockail party features familiar faces from the Bucs, Lightning, and Rays as well as the Bulls and Rowdies. The Sneaker Soiree, in its third year in 2013, was once again a huge success on Thursday evening. Highlights of the night included awards for the most memorable moments in Tampa Bay sports as well as Mayor Buckhorn honoring newly retired Buc Ronde Barber with the key to the city.
One guest of the evening was Lightning legend Marty St. Louis who sat down with 620 WDAE's own Tom Krasniqi for a few minutes to talk about the Bolts and owner Jeffrey Vinik.
"The thing that stands out the most for everybody here, I think, is what he's done in the community," said St. Louis of Vinik. "Just the hero thing where he donates $50,000 to every home game to a local hero has been tremendous. And this year, even with the lockout, he was still doing that regardless."
As the oldest player in history to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer at age 37, St. Louis says his kids hate the idea of him ever hanging up his skates.
"Well they don't want me to retire, that's for sure," he said. "If it was just for them I think I'd play forever."