The Tampa Bay Lightning will host its annual celebration of local hockey on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Amalie Arena. With the Bolts organization putting more emphasis on community hockey this season, the event will feature many of the Lightning's community hockey initiatives, including the Lightning High School Hockey League All-Star Game, a sled hockey exhibition game featuring Lightning alumni and much more.
The event will begin with an open Lightning practice at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude with the championship game for the LHSHL. Below is a full list of events that fans can enjoy throughout the day.
There is a suggested $10 donation for entrance into the event. All of the proceeds will benefit the Lightning Made Sled Hockey program.
2016 Hockey Day in Tampa Bay Events:
- Equipment sale: all day
- Tampa Bay Lightning open practice:
10:30 a.m.11:15 AM (subject to change)
- St. Louis Blues open practice: 12:15 p.m.(subject to change)
- Mite Jamboree: 1:45 p.m.
- Sled hockey exhibition: 3:30 p.m.
- Battle of the Badges: 5 p.m.
- Honda LHSHL All-Star Game: 6:15 p.m.
- LHSHL Final: 8 p.m
If it is anything like last year's event, the 2016 Hockey Day in Tampa Bay will be a fun time. I competed in last year's sled hockey exhibition along with Dave Andreychuk, Jassen Cullimore and other Lightning alumni, and I will do so again this year. Expect more information from the club in the coming days and don't forget to come out to Amalie Arena on Saturday.
The Lightning sent out a press release on Hockey Day in Tampa Bay around the time of this going live. The full body of the release is below:
TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning will host Hockey Day in Tampa Bay on Saturday, February 13 at Amalie Arena. The full-day event will begin at 9 a.m. with a 30-team CHASE Street Hockey tournament on Ford Thunder Alley and end with a high school hockey matchup, the Lightning Cup Final, at 8 p.m.
Doors for fans will open at 11:15 a.m. for the event at Amalie Arena. The first on-ice event of the day will be the Lightning's practice (subject to change), which will be joined in progress for fans. The day will also be highlighted by a Battle of the Badges game, presented by Bright House Networks, featuring local fire departments versus local police departments. Lightning alumni, including Dave Andreychuk, Brian Bradley, Jassen Cullimore, Mathieu Garon and Chris Kontos, will also participate in the Battle of the Badges game.
"We are excited to host another Hockey Day after the great success of the event one year ago," said Lightning executive director of community hockey development Jay Feaster. "Every program our Community Hockey Department interacts with during the year will be present on Saturday, and we are thrilled to showcase it to the great hockey fans here in the Tampa Bay area."
Andreychuk and fellow Lightning alumni will also participate in a sled hockey exhibition at 3:30 p.m. U.S. Olympic gold medalist Anne Schleper, along with teammates Allison Thunstrom and Alex Rigsby, will also be in attendance participating in different events during the day. The Honda LHSHL All-Star Showcase will feature skills and thrills of the top Bay Area high school players at 6:15 p.m. The culmination of Hockey Day will feature two local high school teams facing each other in the Lightning Cup Final at 8 p.m. The Lightning Cup will also be aired live on Bright House Sports Network.
Hockey Day in Tampa Bay tickets are a donation of $5 in advance (http://hockeydayintampa2016.eventbrite.com) or $10 on the day of the event, with all proceeds being donated to the Tony Rolon Hockey Scholarship Fund, Police Athletic League, Camp Hopetake and the Lightning Sled Hockey program. Other free activities will take place on Ford Thunder Alley during the day, including different food trucks and the Shriners Hospitals for Children prosthetic simulator. Bauer will have a fan area outside the arena for fans to learn hockey skills from the Team USA ball hockey team.
Parking on Saturday for the event in most lots will be a special price of $5. Hockey Day will also feature a Lightning used equipment sale which will be located behind the official team store, Tampa Bay Sports. Below is a full schedule of events taking place at Amalie Arena:
CHASE Street Hockey on Ford Thunder Alley 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Doors Open 11:15 a.m.
Lightning Practice (subject to change) 11:15 a.m.
St. Louis Blues Practice (subject to change) 12:15 p.m.
Mite Jamboree 1:45 p.m.
Sled Hockey Game 3:30 p.m.
Battle of the Badges 5 p.m.
Honda LHSHL All-Star Showcase 6:15 p.m.