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Lightning Round: NHL reveals regular season start times for 2021-22

Sonya Bryson-Kirksey is finally released from hospital

Nashville Predators v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Vince Del Monte /NHLI via Getty Images

On Friday, the NHL released starting dates for the upcoming 2021-22 regular season. The back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions Tampa Bay Lightning will start their hunt for a potential three-peat with a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 12 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Most home games are scheduled for 7 p.m. start. Here’s a full schedule:

Sonya Bryson-Kirksey, the Lightning’s national anthem singer, was released from hospital on Friday. She spent previous 29 days at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, battling with COVID-pneumonia. In her statement on Twitter, she reached out to her followers and people who supported her during a last month and asked for a privacy while she will be recovering.

Alex Killorn brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown Beaconsfield, Quebec, where about 2000 people waited to meet him. The Lightning forward was also gifted a key to the city.

Killorn also didn’t forget to troll the Montreal Canadiens fans, bringing the Stanley Cup to the Centre Bell.

Joe Smith’s story about Corey Perry, a new member of the Lightning organization [The Athletic, paid content]

But with a lot of turnover this summer, BriseBois was determined to give it another shot. Perry isn’t as prolific a scorer as when he racked up 50 goals in 2010, nor does he play a top-line role. But Perry is a beast below the circles, earning the nickname “Worm” for his ability to grease his way through traffic in front. He’s a difference-maker on the ice and in the dressing room, where he’s been beloved at each stop in his career. He’s a consummate winner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Canada, a Stanley Cup winner in 2007, along with Memorial Cup, World Junior and World Championship titles.

The NHL sent a memo to the teams, stating that any person who interacts with club personnel is required to be fully-vaccinated.

The Florida Panthers signed 42-year old forward Joe Thornton to a one-year contract.

Reportedly, Auston Matthews underwent wrist surgery and will be out for at least six weeks.