Long before hitting the ice with Tampa Bay, new Lightning forward B.J. Crombeen was well known to his teammates.

While with St. Louis, Crombeen served as the player representative to the NHL Player's Association. When Crombeen was acquired from the Blues in July, he remained an active part of the NHLPA as part of the negotiating committee during talks with the league throughout the summer and into the winter months.

For the most part, Crombeen remained in the Tampa area as part of a consistent group of around a dozen players that worked out at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon during the lockout. But he was a source of information when it came to anybody asking for additional input about what was going on.