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Lightning Combine with CW44 To Bring Back High Voltage Saturday Nights to Hockey Fans

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning and WTOG-TV Channel 44 (CW 44) in Tampa Bay are combining to bring Lightning fans six exciting hockey games on Saturday nights during the 2009-10 season.

Dubbed “High Voltage Saturday Nights,” these games will augment the team’s 65-game package brought to fans across the Lightning’s state of Florida television territory on Sun Sports. The first High Voltage Saturday night game will be Tampa Bay’s game versus the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. The entire High Voltage schedule is below:

            Date                 Game                                                   Time
            Oct. 24             Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo Sabres                 7:30 p.m.
            Nov. 28             Tampa Bay at Dallas Stars                     8:30 p.m.
             Jan. 9              Tampa Bay at Philadelphia Flyers           7:00 p.m.
            Feb. 6               Tampa Bay vs. Calgary Flames               7:00 p.m.
            Mar. 6               Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta Thrashers            7:30 p.m.
             Apr.10              Tampa Bay vs. Florida Panthers              7:30 p.m.

            * All times Eastern

“Our agreement brings six great weekend games to Lightning fans, two of which come right at the end of the season, when we expect to be playing meaningful games,” said Oren Koules, owner and governor of the Lightning. ”We appreciate the partnership WTOG-TV Channel 44 is offering us to not only bring ‘High Voltage Saturday Nights’ to our fans but also to help better promote the Lightning in the Tampa Bay market.”

In addition to the six-game broadcast schedule on CW44, the station is giving fans the chance to win a “Meet and Greet” with Charlie Sheen on the set of Two and a Half Men along with attending the Lightning at Anaheim Mighty Ducks game November 19, on-air “watch and win” contests for tickets, a link on its website for High Voltage Saturday Nights, offering pre-promotion for each of the games to be aired on WTOG and purchasing radio spots to promote game broadcasts. CW44’s Gossip Girl Courtney will also get involved talking to Lightning fans for the station’s website.

“WTOG-TV Channel 44 has a long history of providing quality sports entertainment to its viewers that dates back to the inception of the station,” said Laura Caruso, station manager at WTOG. “We understand the important role sports play in our viewer’s lives and we have an obligation to provide those viewers with programming that brings them closer to our local sports teams so this was a natural fit. Both the Lightning and WTOG are dedicated to providing the Tampa Bay area with quality sports entertainment so we are very excited about this partnership.”

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