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Tampa Bay Lightning announce 2019 training camp roster and schedule

It’s finally here!

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And here we go!

Another hockey season is upon us and it begins with the official start of NHL training camps. The Tampa Bay Lightning have released their 62-man roster for training camp, along with dates and times for their open and closed door sessions on and off the ice.

Training camp opens on Thursday, September 12th with medical evaluations, check-in and media day. Practice then begins in earnest on Friday at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. This year’s player groups have been named for three of the Lightning’s most esteemed broadcasters; Rick Peckham, Phil Esposito, and Bobby ‘The Chief’ Taylor. I suspect this is due to Peckham’s announcement earlier this week that he will retire from the broadcast booth after this season.

The annual Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest at AMALIE Arena will take place on Sunday the 15th and will include on-ice practices as well as fan interaction.

Details for the Fan Fest are in the excerpt from the press release below.

The Lightning’s annual Fan Fest, presented by Florida Blue, will still be held on Sunday, September 15 at AMALIE Arena, with doors opening at 11 a.m. to the general public and 8:30 a.m. for Season Ticket Members. The event is free and open to the public, but fans must obtain a mobile ticket by visiting www.tampabaylightning.com/fanfest.

Training Camp Roster

Roster Notes

  • Patrick Maroon is wearing #14, which allows Mathieu Joseph to keep his number
  • Chris Mueller is wearing Brad Richards’ old #19
  • Taylor Raddysh is now wearing his normal #16, which is a positive sign that he’s no longer being given a camp number.
  • Luke Schenn has taken #2, which hasn’t been used since Eric Brewer was traded in 2014-15.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk will continue to wear his iconic #22 which was last worn by Erik Condra in 2016-17.
  • Mike Condon will wear #1. He’s expected to play in the AHL this year, but if he were to make an appearance in the NHL with the Lightning, he would be the sixth player to wear it for the Lightning and first since Sean Burke in 2005-06.
  • Scott Wedgewood has taken Slater Koekkoek’s former #29.
  • Curtis McElhinney is wearing #35 and is expected to be Andrei Vasilevskiy’s back-up. #35 hasn’t been worn since 2011-12 by Sebastien Caron. It’s also Nikolai Khabibulin’s former number.
  • Eli Zummack and Louis Crevier are two CHL invitees that have been held over from prospect camp.
  • The Lightning don’t always bring skaters that are on an AHL contract to camp, but they did invite forwards Peter Abbandonato and defenseman Nathan Valleau. Kevin Lynch is in camp on a tryout contract. Cody Donaghey is also an invitee and was the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears third highest scorer and highest defenseman scorer last season.