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The Plano Kid: Nothing Plain About Blake Coleman of the Lightning

Texan Blake Coleman looks to lift the Stanley Cup against his boyhood team, the Dallas Stars.

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There have been several former, and current players born in Texas (e.g., Brian Leetch, Tyler Myers, Seth Jones) but none of them were homegrown quite like Blake Coleman.

A deadline acquisition by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Coleman was expected to add some playoff scoring depth up front. The Lightning paid a steep price for Coleman, sending a 2020 1st round pick, and 2019 27th overall pick, Nolan Foote (Adam Foote’s, son) to the Devils.

So far Coleman has fit the bill as a solid middle six addition during this summer Stanley Cup run. Primarily playing with Yanii Gourde and Barclay Goodrow, the Plano native has accumulated 12 points (4G, 8A) in 21 games. Last evening in Edmonton, Coleman had the primary helper on the Bolts game winner in a 3-2 victory.

Stanley Cup Irony

Just 20 odd minutes north of the Dallas Stars home (American Airlines Center) sits Plano, Texas where Coleman was born and raised. As any hockey crazed kid from Texas, Coleman grew up a die hard Stars fan (subscription required). Interestingly, Coleman now has an opportunity to become the first genuine Texas born and raised player to lift the Stanley Cup. The irony however, is that Coleman and the Lightning will need to dump his childhood favorite Dallas Stars team to hoist Lord Stanley.

Plano to Tampa Bay

After playing in the Dallas Stars Elite tier hockey program growing up, Coleman then played his junior hockey for two different teams in the United States Hockey League (USHL). After 22 games with the Tri-City Storm in 2010, Coleman was moved to the Indiana Ice. Following a 96 point campaign in his second season with the Ice, the Devil’s selected Coleman in the 3rd round (75th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

He was then drafted by the Devils and Coleman spent four full seasons at Miami University Ohio (NCAA). After graduation, Coleman transitioned into the professional game with the Devil’s AHL affiliate in Albany. The sturdy Texan earned a full-time job with the New Jersey in 2017 and has continued to add to his offensive totals since. If it were not for the ‘Rona, Coleman may have hit the 30 goal mark, but instead settled on 22 goals over 57 games.

The 28-year-old looks to be a bargain for the Lightning next year at $1.8 million. Coleman will become an UFA in 2021 and is likely looking at a nice little pay raise at that time. Especially if he and the Lightning can dump his childhood Stars team to claim the 2020 Stanley Cup.

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Blake Coleman Devils

Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final goes tomorrow night at 6pm MST.

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