Following is a schedule of players who will appear at IceFest 2005 at the St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday, September 10:
11 - 11:30 a.m. - Cory Sarich and Vaclav Prospal will greet fans at ticket windows in the McDonald's Box Office as single-game seats go on sale to the public for the first time at 11 a.m.
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Brad Richards, Dan Boyle, Rob DiMaio and Fredrik Modin will sign autographs on the Plaza Level concourse.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Sarich and Prospal will join their teammates on the Plaza Level (3rd floor) concourse to sign autographs
1 - 1:45 p.m. - Martin St. Louis
will conduct a Q&A session with fans in Medallions Restaurant on the Jeep Club Level (4th floor).
12:30 - 2 p.m. - Dmitry Afanasenkov, Sean Burke, Martin Cibak, Chris Dingman, Vincent Lecavalier
and Nolan Pratt will sign autographs on the Plaza Level (3rd floor) concourse.
Background: The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning are welcoming fans to the St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday, September 10 for IceFest, presented by Kash n' Karry, a free hockey festival designed to celebrate the start of the 2005-06 season. The special event will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Stanley Cup will also be present for a fan photo opportunity.
Fans arriving for IceFest will enjoy FanLand games, live entertainment and merchandise specials at kiosks in the St. Pete Times Forum. Hot dogs and sodas will be offered for $1, and the Lightning Foundation will hold a raffle for merchandise and sell pink Lightning hats and copies of Winning Ways, The Making of a Championship Heart.
Lightning broadcasters will host the Q&A session with St. Louis and discuss the NHL rule changes, while ThunderBug and the TECO Energy Team will be on hand to entertain. Fans also can step on the ice to take a shot on net or have their picture taken on the Kraft Zamboni. Sponsors participating in the event include, Chick-fil-A, Chrysler-Jeep, Hungry Howie's, Ice Sports Forum, St. Petersburg Times and Walgreen's.