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Lightning owner Jeff Vinik on NHL Hour

Wednesday, 05.18.2011 / 8:35 PM / NHL Insider

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Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik will be Thursday's guest on “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com” and Sirius XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.  The show, live from Tampa, will be hosted by Eddie Olczyk and Phil Esposito.

Vinik bought the Lightning in February 2010 and has presided over the rebirth of the franchise under GM Steve Yzerman and coach Guy Boucher. The Lightning, who missed the playoffs for three consecutive seasons from 2008-10, not only returned to the playoffs this season but beat Pittsburgh in seven games and swept Washington in four to make the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since winning it all in 2004.

"NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman" broadcasts live on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 92 and on Sirius Channel 207 as part of the "Best of XM" programming package) and NHL.com. The show will re-air on Sirius XM Radio, with archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

The show encourages fans to call in with questions for the Commissioner. To submit questions to NHL Hour, call 1-877-645-6696.

"NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman" is a production of NHL Radio.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory