TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning alumni will be taking on Dunedin Tarpon Countryside High School in a charity game benefitting the Tony Rolon Hockey Scholarship Fund on Saturday, May 12 at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar. The event will begin with an autograph session and photo opportunities with the players from 3:30 – 4 p.m., with the puck-drop to follow at 4:15 p.m.
Lightning greats Dave Andreychuk, Brian Bradley, Chris Dingman, Doug Crossman and John Tucker, along with Lightning chief operating officer Steve Griggs, video coach Nigel Kirwan and assistant equipment manager Clay Roffer will all participate in the charity game. The cost of the game for adults is $5 in advance and $6 at the door. For children 14 and younger the cost is $3 in advance and $4 at the door. Children five years of age and younger can attend free of charge. Fans can purchase tickets in advance online at www.tonyrolonhockeyfund.org.
Fans attending the event can also bid on silent auction items such as Lightning game used sticks and other signed Lightning items. All proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction benefit the Tony Rolon Hockey Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance for children to participate in youth ice hockey programs. The fund is associated with the ministry of the St. Matthias Lutheran Church in Clearwater.
The Tony Rolon Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 in memory of Tony Rolon, who worked for the St. Petersburg Police Department until his retirement in 2008. After his retirement from the police force, Rolon became heavily involved in youth hockey, finding a passion for mentoring children involved with the sport.