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Former Lightning coach John Tortorella to attend Hockey Day in Tampa Bay

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning will host Hockey Day in Tampa Bay on Sunday, February 15 at Amalie Arena. The full day event will begin at 8 a.m. and will end with a watch party for the Lightning at San Jose Sharks game at 8:30 p.m.

Former Lightning Stanley Cup-winning head coach John Tortorella will participate by coaching the Lightning Conference All-Star Game which pits Team Tortorella against Team Andreychuk. The day will also be highlighted by a Battle of the Badges game, presented by Bright House Networks, featuring local fire departments versus local police departments. Lightning alumni will also participate in the Battle of the Badges game and Tortorella will help coach both teams during the game.

“Hockey Day celebrates and puts the spotlight on our great game at every level we touch in the Tampa Bay area,” said Lightning executive director of community hockey development Jay Feaster. “From youth to high school to adult, from ice to street to sled hockey, literally every program our Community Hockey Department interacts with during the year will be on display at Hockey Day. The fact that all of the proceeds will go to charity makes it even more special, and we are looking forward to an incredible day of hockey.”

Dave Andreychuk and fellow Lightning alumni will also take on the Tampa Bay Sled Hockey team in a sled hockey game at 1:45 p.m. The University of Tampa will play against the University of South Florida to start the on-ice activity, with the culmination of Hockey Day featuring two local high school teams facing off against each other in the Lightning Cup Finals.

Hockey Day tickets are $10, with all proceeds being donated to Sun Coast Law Enforcement Charities, Inc., benefitting the family of fallen Tarpon Springs Officer Charles Kondek, and the Lightning Foundation, benefitting the Lightning Sled Hockey Program. All activities on Ford Thunder Alley will be free. The event will also feature Lightning used equipment sale for attendees.

Event              Time 
Street Hockey on Ford Thunder Alley     8:00 AM
Doors Open                                          10:15 AM
University of Tampa vs. USF                11:15 AM
Sled Hockey 1:45 PM
Lightning Conference All-Star Game   3:15 PM
Battle of the Badges       5:00 PM
Lightning Cup   7:00 PM
Lightning vs. Sharks Watch Party   8:30 PM
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