Home Hockey jerseys TikTokers The Hockey Guys Appears at Lightning-Panthers Game 3

TikTokers The Hockey Guys Appears at Lightning-Panthers Game 3


TAMPA — There were plenty of stars in and around Amalie Arena in the Lightning’s recent playoffs.

Bucs quarterback Tom Brady. Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier. Actor John Travolta.

Hockey guys from TikTok?

The group of 10 friends, who have over 1.3 million subscribers on the popular short video app. were special guests on Lightning Sunday for Game 3 of their second-round series against the Panthers.

Jonny Pace, David Kaplan and Lawson McDonald pose for a photo on a patio at Amalie Arena during Game 3 of the Lightning’s second-round series against the Panthers. The trio are members of The Hockey Guys on TikTok. [ MARI FAIELLO | Mari Faiello ]

The Hockey Guys create videos that are a mix of original content and popular trends, often focusing on their love of hockey, sometimes dancing on rollerblades, lip-synching or competing in challenges.

“I think what’s unique about us is that when we’re trending, at least we’re on rollerblades or doing something with jerseys,” said Lawson McDonald, 24, of Winkler, Manitoba. “So in a way, we’re still unique on the app, so I think that’s what helps us grow a lot. There’s not a lot of 10-guy groups that are going to play hockey and rollerblading who are on TikTok right now.

The group has developed a large enough following to earn an invitation to this year’s Winter Classic in Minnesota.

Sunday, the band — McDonald (Lawsy), Will Blake (Will Blake), Levi Cudmore (Cuddy), Jordan Martin (Jmarts), Austin Friesen (Frizz), David Kaplan (Kappy), Jonny Pace (Pacer), Troy MacTavish ( Taver), Coltyn Bates (Batesy), and Martan Yelle (Yelle) — took part in in-game activities.

Some took a spin on the Zamboni ice during the first intermission. Others spotted the Chick-Fil-A cow during the second period. Pace and Friesen lost a dance with a Lightning fan during the third period.

The group traveled to Tampa after appearing in Game 2 Thursday at Sunrise. After arriving on Saturday, they took a boat ride on the Hillsborough River and went rollerblading on Bayshore Boulevard.

“It was awesome,” said Pace, 24, of Hamilton, Ont. “We received first class treatment from the Lightning. As an organization as a whole, they have been nothing but great for us.

McDonald said: “The boat ride kind of blew me away with how beautiful everything is here. I did not expect that.


Took a ride along the river in Tampa 🌴

♬ HE ALWAYS used to look at me that way – evie

Kaplan said it was nice to walk around downtown Tampa and hear from Lightning fans.

Follow all the action on and off the ice

Follow all the action on and off the ice

Subscribe to our free Lightning Strikes newsletter

We’ll send you Bolts news, analysis and commentary every week throughout the season.

You are all registered!

Want more of our free weekly newsletters in your inbox? Let’s start.

Explore all your options

“We were in our Tampa shirts and everyone was screaming, ‘Go Bolts! Go Bolts!’ Said Kaplan, 24, of Vernon Hills, Illinois. “Just looking at the signs and stuff everywhere, Tampa is definitely a hockey town.

The Hockey Guys played hockey together at the University of Wisconsin-Higher. In October 2019, McDonald’s began sharing their adventures on their own account. Then, with some interest from his friends, he created the group account in October 2020.

It was not difficult to convince the families of the members that they could make a career out of it. Nearly a year and a half after the creation of the account, The Hockey Guys videos have accumulated 39.9 million likes.

“I think one thing that the 10 of us have in common is that our parents are so supportive of it, like everyone’s behind it,” Pace said. “Everyone sees the potential in what we’re doing and they’ve seen us grow over the last year, and we still have a lot to do as a group, so they’re pretty proud of us.”

Hockey Guys Superlatives

Most likely to spoil a TikTok: Friesen (Kaplan)

Most likely to reject an idea for TikTok: “Me” (Lawson)

Most likely to win a TikTok challenge: “Martin” (pace)

The funniest of the group: MacTavish (Kaplan)

Most likely to get into a hockey fight: Bates (Lawson)

Most likely to score a goal: “Cudmore” (rhythm)

Most likely to stand out in the comments: Friesen (Kaplan)

Most likely to say something outrageous: “Not” (Lawson)

Most likely to say something inappropriate: “Tie Between Me and Friesen” (Pace)

Contact Mari Faiello at [email protected]. To follow @faiello_mari.

• • •

Sign up for Lightning Strikes, a weekly newsletter from Bolts beat writer Eduardo A. Encina that brings you closer to the ice.

Never miss the latest with the Bucs, Rays, Lightning, Florida College Sports and more. Follow our Tampa Bay Times sports team on Twitter and Facebook.