Jim Pickard is in his ninth year as assistant equipment manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pickard, 55, is an NHL locker room veteran. His name appears on the Stanley Cup five times for his work as equipment manager of the New York Islanders from 1972 to 1990 and with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. At the end of 2000-01, he achieved the milestone of 2,000 games as an NHL equipment manager. Pickard?s NHL career spans five decades and includes service with the Oakland Seals (1968-72) and St. Louis Blues (1991-92). He has also served as equipment manager for the IHL?s Phoenix Roadrunners and Las Vegas Thunder as well as the equipment manager for the 1987 Team Canada for the Canada Cup.