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'Be The Distant Thunder' fan-signed glass installed at Scotiabank Arena

Glass will be visible for today's exhibition between the Lightning and Panthers

by Press Release @TBLightning /

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning's fan-signed glass, part of the "Be The Distant Thunder" campaign, has made its way north of the border and has been installed at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto for today's game against the Florida Panthers (Noon - FOX Sports Sun, 1250WHNZ).

Bolts fans were given the opportunity to come to AMALIE Arena for one of two signing events held on July 24 and 25. Registration for the events was full within 30 minutes of the initiative being announced via social media. The glass then flew to Toronto with the Lightning on the team charter and was installed into the rink system at Scotiabank Arena at 10 a.m. today. Fans are also being encouraged to find glass in their own lives to write messages to cheer the Bolts on in the playoffs.

In addition, several Lightning players signed another piece of glass as a tribute to healthcare workers and other frontline staff. This player-signed glass has since been installed as a safety barrier at the emergency room front desk at AdventHealth hospital in Tampa.

The Lightning launched the Be the Distant Thunder campaign on Monday, July 13, recognizing that even during the COVID-19 pandemic Bolts fans may be apart, but they are never absent. The campaign evolves the togetherness evoked by the team's iconic 'Be the Thunder' slogan to reflect the new reality the nation and world are living in. The All on Board call to action takes one of the unique aspects of hockey, the glass surrounding the rink, and provides an extraordinary opportunity to bring the fans with the team to the hub city for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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