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by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning are once again one of eight National Hockey League teams participating in a prospect tournament at Center I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Sept. 7-11. This is the fifth consecutive year the Lightning have participated in the tournament.

Lightning prospects, including former first-round draft choices Riku Helenius (2006), Vladimir Mihalik (2005) and Andy Rogers (2004), will compete against prospects from the Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Head coach Steve Stirling and assistant coach Darren Rumble of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals will once again coach the Lightning prospects. Each team can have up to four players with one year of professional experience.

At the conclusion of the tournament, select players will join the Lightning training camp, which begins with physicals and testing Sept. 13 at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. Scrimmages and practices begin on Sept. 15, and are open to the public. A complete training camp schedule will be released at a later date.

Any media wishing to receive scores, stats or updates from tournament games should contact Brian Breseman at 813.352.9124.

Following is the Lightning’s day-to-day schedule in Traverse City:

Fri. Sept. 7
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. NY Rangers

11 a.m./Rink 2
7 p.m./Rink 1

Sat. Sept. 8 Practice
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings
11:45 a.m./Rink 2
7:30 p.m./Rink 2
Sun. Sept. 9 Practice 1:15 p.m./Rink 2
Mon. Sept. 10 Practice
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Atlanta Thrashers
10:30 a.m./Rink 2
6:30 p.m./Rink 1
Tues. Sept. 11 Practice
7th-Place Game
5th-place Game
3rd-place Game
Championship Game
2 p.m./Rink 1
2:30 p.m./Rink 2
6 p.m./Rink 1
6:30 p.m./Rink 2


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