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NHL lockout 2012: Steven Stamkos playing in his dad's beer league

Steven Stamkos elected not to go play in Europed during the lockout. Instead, he's playing hockey games with his dad and participating in charity events.

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As NHL labor negotiations continue, the league's players have had to seek options elsewhere. Many players elected to go play overseas, but some, like Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos stayed in North America. Stamkos is playing in a charity game with other locked-out players on Wednesday, and he's also found time to play in his dad's beer league games.

"It’s great for my Dad and his buddies, Stamkos said. "A lot of them haven’t had the chance to skate with NHL players before. It’s fun for me to get out there and skate with those guys as well."

Stamkos said he received offers to play overseas, but decided instead to stay in Toronto and train while hoping for a resolution to the labor dispute before the entire season is cancelled.

He led the NHL in goals last year with 60 and finished second in points with 97. Stamkos has scored at least 45 goals in each of the last three seasons.

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