Former Red Wings forward Luke Witkowski signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning this past summer, and he spoke with the Holland Sentinel’s Dan D’Addona about his decision-making process:
This hockey season will be much different for Luke Witkowski. It is not just because he is back on the Tampa Bay Lighting, though that move from the Red Wings is definitely different. By season’s end, Witkowski will be a father. He and his wife, Erin, are expecting.
“Got a baby on the way, due Feb. 12,” Witkowski said proudly. “It is pretty wild looking at strollers and cribs. Five months from now life is going to change. But we are very excited. That is the wild part.”
It isn’t easy for a hockey player unsure of making Tampa Bay’s roster. He might be headed to Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse. There is plenty up in the air.
“That is always tough. Pro sports, you never know what is going to happen. Last year, I was on waivers and I didn’t know whether I would be going Grand Rapids or staying in Detroit. I have a house in Michigan and my wife is pregnant,” he said. “Life comes at you quick.”