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Lightning Sled Hockey Team to Play Exhibition Following Lightning Game this Sunday

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

– The Tampa Bay Lightning Sled Hockey team will play an exhibition game at the St. Pete Times Forum this Sunday, March 29 following the Lightning’s game against the Ottawa Senators (6 p.m., SUN Sports, AM 620 WDAE).

The Lightning Sled Hockey team is sponsored by C & E Information Services and recently returned home from the USA Hockey National Disabled Fest in Buffalo, New York where they competed against teams from across the country.  There are two age groups in the program, 20 and under, and 21 and older.  A mix of both age groups will be on display during Sunday’s exhibition.  

David Cole, Lightning Director of Fan Development, and the Lightning Foundation continue to provide the sled hockey program and special experiences to individuals of a special caliber. Giving a child, or any disabled athlete, the opportunity to accomplish something they never thought possible is one of the most rewarding results for the Sled Hockey program and all of those involved.

The Lightning are the first team in the NHL to fully sponsor and coordinate a sled hockey team. C&E Information Services along with The Lightning Foundation funds the program to field a competitive team. Instead of skates, players sit in specially designed sleds. These sleds sit on top of two hockey skate blades and there are two sticks for each player instead of one. The first two years of the Lightning Sled Hockey Team were a tremendous success.

Fans interested in volunteering, please contact, Cole at 301-6822.

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