Saturday evening will see a charity scrimmage and events take place at Fan Fest with all proceeds going towards the Mike Roberts fund. Tampa Bay area residents may recall that Cpl. Mike Roberts was gunned down last week in Tampa. I don't want to go into the grim details of the story... The link is there if you'd like to hear what happened.
The Tampa Bay Lightning put together a charity event to help raise money for the Corporal Mike Roberts Memorial Fund that was set up For Cpl. Roberts family:
During the game each Lightning player’s or alumnus’ jersey worn on the ice will be available for auction on the concourse behind section 101. Each player will autograph his jersey following the game and personally present it to the respective auction winner. There will also be a memorabilia auction behind sections 101-130. Proceeds from both will go toward the Cpl. Mike Roberts Memorial Fund. Fans will also be able to make cash contributions via numerous donation locations throughout the St. Pete Times Forum.
The charity game will be played from 5PM until 6PM. The entire Fan Frest event will be from 3-8PM at Times Palace in downtown Tampa.
The following are your rosters for the charity game... Big thumbs up to both current Bolts and team alumni for stepping in:
Team Navy -- Coach – Ian Beckles (620 WDAE Radio Personality)
- Martin St. Louis (Lightning Forward)
- Steven Stamkos (Lightning Forward)
- Jeff Halpern (Lightning Forward)
- Andrej Meszaros (Lightning Defenseman)
- Stan Neckar (Lightning Alumni)
- Wes Walz (Lightning Assistant Coach)
- Ray Thill (Lightning Head Equipment Manager)
- Rob "Bubba" Kennedy (Lightning Assistant Equipment Manager)
- Clay Roffer (Lightning Assistant Equipment Manager)
- Michael Hutner (Tampa Police Department)
- Frank Ruedy (Tampa Police Department)
- Tommy Mayer (Tampa Police Department)
- Mark Cholnik (Tampa Police Department)
- (G) John Finnie (Brandon Ice Sports Forum)
Team White -- Coach – Phil Esposito (Hockey Hall-of-Famer)
- Ryan Malone (Lightning Forward)
- Adam Hall (Lightning Forward)
- Mattias Ohlund (Lightning Defenseman)
- Victor Hedman (Lightning Defenseman)
- Matt Walker (Lightning Defenseman)
- Dave Andreychuk (Lightning Alumni)
- Chris Dingman (Lightning Alumni)
- Brian Bradley (Lightning Alumni)
- Nigel Kirwan (Lightning Video Coach)
- Tom Mulligan (Lightning Head Athletic Trainer)
- Evan Trefcer (Tampa Police Department)
- Braxton Baird (Tampa Police Department)
- Michael Palmieri (Tampa Police Department)
- Bob Barrett (Tampa Police Department)
- (G) Pat Jablonski (Lightning Alumni)
Sun Sports TV personalities Rick Peckham and Paul Kennedy will also be interviewing participants of the game from the benches.
For more information on Fan Fest activities and information, please see the Tampa Bay Lightning website.