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by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning will offer a number of pre-game activities beginning at 5 p.m. before they take on the New York Islanders (7:30 p.m., Sun Sports, AM 620 WDAE). It is also the night of the Yerrid Foundation's Fifth Annual Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night, the centerpiece of Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Week that began on November 11.

The night kicks off with a canned food drive benefiting Metropolitan Ministries at 5 p.m. All fans that make donations will have a chance to win Lightning prizes. At 5:15 p.m. the band Motel Funk hits the stage on the Chrysler-Jeep Plaza. At 6 p.m. kids will have a pumpkin pie-eating contest with the winner being awarded a Brad Richards autographed Tampa Bay Lightning hockey stick. Also, the first 5,000 fans entering the doors of the St. Pete Times Forum when they open at 5:30 p.m. will receive a commemorative Pavel Kubina silver collectible coin compliments of Walgreen's.

For the remainder of the season the doors at the St. Pete Times Forum will open two hours prior to the drop of the puck at Lightning home games, 30 minutes earlier than previously.

The Lightning will once again team up with community leader Steve Yerrid and the Yerrid Foundation tonight to battle cancer. The game marks the fifth anniversary of Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night, serving nearly 4,000 cancer survivors and caretakers will enjoy the game for free while helping bring the cause to the forefront of the community's awareness.

The Yerrid Foundation and the Lightning Foundation will provide tickets, T-shirts and food vouchers for cancer patients, cancer survivors, their parents, families, doctors, nurses and volunteers from nine local cancer organizations and hospitals. Additionally, all fans will receive yellow Thunderstix to help promote cancer awareness. Fans wishing to lend a hand to this special cause can do so at the game by purchasing Tampa Bay Fights Cancer T-shirts for $20 or a copy of Tampa Bay Lightning Winning Ways, The Making of a Championship Heart for $20.
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