The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning Foundation will host an online auction at www.tampabaylightning.com starting tomorrow, March 15 at 6 a.m. and ending on Wednesday, April 12 at midnight. All proceeds will benefit the Lightning Foundation Community Grant Program.
The four-week online auction features some of the most unique and limited edition items ever auctioned off by the Lightning Foundation, including game used sticks used by Lightning players at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Sticks used by Bronze Medalists Valcav Prospal and Pavel Kubina and Team USA goaltender John Grahame will be available via this special auction.
Also available is an authentic 2004 Stanley Cup Championship street banner autographed by Kubina, Vincent Lecavalier
, Tim Taylor, Dmitry Afanasenkov, Martin Cibak, Darryl Sydor, John Grahame, Fredrik Modin, Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis
, Ruslan Fedotenko, Brad Richards, Nolan Pratt, Cory Sarich and Dave Andreychuk. This banner was displayed along Channelside Drive during and after the Lightning's championship parade and only two are in existence.
The exclusive painting 'Fire on Ice' created by acclaimed Clearwater artist Doug Wright will also be available in the auction. This one-of-a-kind, acrylic on canvas artwork is 40" x 60" and is set in a custom built frame. The painting features Lightning players celebrating on the ice following their Game 7 victory over the Calgary Flames in the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals. A reproduction of the painting is now on display on Park Tower at the corner of Kennedy and Ashley in downtown Tampa.
Other highlights include a pair of Vincent Lecavalier
autographed game-used skates, two custom-designed leather Tampa Bay Lightning chairs (complete with logos, patches and pucks for feet), a framed autographed photo of St. Louis, Lecavalier and Richards from the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and more. In addition, non-hockey items include a 2005 farewell Masters Flag autographed by six-time champion Jack Nicklaus, a framed five-pound note, photograph and artistic glass art rendering of the St. Andrew's Club House also signed by Nicklaus and a 2002 Masters flag signed by Tiger Woods from when he became the third play in Masters history to repeat as champion and successfully defend his title.
Starting bids begin as low as $250 and as high as $4,000 with plenty of minimum bids in between. For more information call the Lightning Foundation at 813.301.6590.