Lightning roll out the red carpet for young super fan from Canada

TAMPA, Fla. -
The Lightning are rolling out the red carpet for a young super fan from, of all places, Canada.
 
Thomas Poncet traveled more than 1,600 miles to experience game four and five in Tampa and get the VIP experience while in the process.
 
Poncet has been a Lightning fan most of his life and his passion for the team even caught the attention of the Thunder Nation fan Facebook page.
 
Fans raised enough money to fly 14-year-old Thomas and his father down for a couple games.
 
"I was just shocked and speechless," said Thomas Poncet with a big smile on his face.
 
The young teen is basically in hockey heaven right now. The Lightning heard about their young fan and gave him some special treatment.
 
Starting early Wednesday, Poncet and his father got a full tour of Amalie Arena, and then right before game time he got to ride the Zamboni.
 
"Just seeing the stands from the point of view of the ice…it was fantastic," Poncet said.
 
It didn't end there.
 
The Lightning even let Thomas push the button that triggers the lightning bolts that shoot down from the ceiling.
 
"It was really exciting," he said.
 
Their day was topped off with close seats to perhaps one of the most thrilling post season victories this year for the Lightning.
 
"It's overwhelming. I'm really happy for him that he gets to experience this," said Patrick Poncet, Thomas' father. "Obviously, that's going to be an experience of a lifetime that he'll remember forever."
 
It took a lot of work behind the scenes to make the surprise happen. Not only did Lightning fans help raise money, but Patrick had to talk to his son's teachers at Collège des Compagnons to get a pass for a couple days.
 
"I can't thank them enough," he said.
 
The Poncets will return to their home outside Montreal on Sunday.
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