TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will welcome all fans to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Sunday, March 16 with a completely free event, beginning at 11 a.m., as part of the Bolts' 10th Anniversary Stanley Cup celebration. "Sunday with Stanley" will be highlighted by photo and autograph opportunities with the Cup and members of the 2004 Championship team along with an instructional Hockey 101 session taught by Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.
"We are very proud to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup Champions next weekend, commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the franchise's hallmark accomplishment," Vinik said. "We have a great weekend planned for our fans and I am excited for the opportunity to personally lead a Hockey 101 seminar for those interested in learning more about the game. I love the game of hockey, and I want more fans in the Tampa Bay area to share our love of this terrific sport. We believe our newly introduced Lightning University program, featuring Hockey 101, 201, and 301 will hopefully help more people in this great region to better understand the game."
Lightning Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik will host Hockey 101 on Sunday, March 16
"Sunday with Stanley" is free and open to the general public. The Stanley Cup and members of the 2004 Championship team will greet fans on Ford Thunder Alley (west plaza) beginning at 11:30 a.m. Doors to the Times Forum will open at noon and Hockey 101 will begin at 1 p.m. on the massive LightningVision board in the arena. Vinik will be joined by 2004 captain Dave Andreychuk for the seminar.
Following Vinik's Hockey 101 session, fans will have the chance to re-live the magic of Game 7 of the Lightning's Stanley Cup championship game on the LightningVision board (approx. 3 p.m.). At the same time, a free open skating session for fans will be held on the Times Forum ice until 5 p.m. Two father/son hockey clinics will also be offered by the Lightning's Community Hockey Department, beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Street hockey for kids will commence on Ford Thunder Alley at 11 a.m. and free soda, water and popcorn will be offered from noon-2 p.m. The Lightning's merchandise store will be open at 11 a.m., offering discounts to all fans and a used hockey equipment sale will take place on the arena's promenade level, starting at noon.