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Lightning Round: Bolts Pride Night is coming on March 12th

And the 10-year anniversary of Jeff Vinik purchasing the franchise.

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TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Alex Killorn #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning has his stick taped with Pride Tape during warm ups before the game against the Calgary Flames on You Can Play Night at Amalie Arena on February 23, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.
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On Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they will host their fourth annual Pride Night at AMALIE Arena during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning has been holding Pride Nights since 2017, celebrating inclusion of everyone in hockey.

Here is a paragraph from the press release. Ryan McDonagh is the team’s You Can Play ambassador. In a different project, McDonagh and Alex Killorn also helped raise over $100,000 for cancer research with their Kancer Jam fundraiser that took place in February.

Lightning players will once again tape their sticks with rainbow colored tape for morning skate and warmups. Select sticks will be auctioned off at the Lightning Foundation’s table at Section 123 on the Promenade Level during the game and the remaining sticks will be auctioned off at, with the proceeds benefiting the You Can Play Project. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh is the team’s You Can Play ambassador and will read a PSA message during the game. [NHL dot com]

Pride Night t-shirts will be sold at Tampa Bay Sports and online, with $10 on each sale going to Metro Inclusion Health, with sponsor Florida Blue matching all proceeds. There will be lots of auctions and sales on that night, I encourage everyone to go support these great causes.

Onto the hockey stuff, Steven Stamkos is going to miss the next 6-8 weeks. Alan wrote about what his injury does to the Lightning’s playoff push this spring.

The news comes after Stamkos missed a few games at different points in the season while dealing with the nagging issue. A visit to the doctor this weekend determined that surgery is the best course of action. [Raw Charge]

Here’s what Coop and Pat Maroon had to say about Stamkos and moving forward without their captain after practice.

Today is the 10-year anniversary of Jeff Vinik buying the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise. I have to say, he’s been one of the best owners a fan could ask for — an active contributor to the community who cares about the team and is willing to give them the resources and the time to go and build a championship contender.

In executing his plan over the past 10 years to bring a world class franchise to life in Tampa Bay, Vinik has invested more than $80 million in private funding into the publicly-owned AMALIE Arena to create a guest-first facility recognized as one of the finest in the NHL. The Heroes program has made contributions to 518 non-profits in the seven-county Tampa Bay region, totaling $20 million. [NHL dot com]


And finally in some Solar Bears news, here is Tracey’s week in review.

Goaltender Mike Condon, who had appeared in 4 games for Orlando without recording a win, was loaned by the Lightning to Charlotte on Wednesday. To take Condon’s place on the roster, Jeff Smith was acquired from Utah for the ever popular future considerations. Smith appeared in 6 games for the Grizzlies, going 3-3-0 with a 3.28 GAA and .871 save percentage. [Raw Charge]