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Lightning to host 2nd annual girls play hockey event with Girl Scouts

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning, in conjunction with USA Hockey and Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, announced today that it will host the second annual Girls Play Hockey event on Wednesday, November 16 from 5-8 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Over 100 Girl Scouts will have an exclusive opportunity to learn the basic skills of the sport as well as receive one hour of on-ice instruction from 2004 Lightning Stanley Cup champion Dave Andreychuk and two-time All-Star Brian Bradley. Each girl will have the use of skates and equipment. Dinner will also be provided by Hyde Park Pita Pit following the event. In addition, the Brandon Hockey Chicks women’s hockey team will be on hand to distribute gear, help the girls get ready to go on the ice and assist with on-ice instruction.

“We’re excited to partner with the Tampa Bay Lightning to bring this event to girls from all throughout the Bay Area,” said Maureen Cacioppo of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. “It’s a great way to introduce girls to something they may never have tried before. It’s going to be awesome!”

Each attendee will earn a special Lightning patch and will also receive a ticket to attend the November 19 home game as the Bolts take on the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available for family and friends who wish to attend the game and can be purchased by contacting Alison Goodman at 813-301-6683 or agoodman@sptimesforum.com

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning coincides with the council’s healthy living program emphasis. Every girl deserves to live a healthy life, both emotionally and physically. Girl Scouts helps girls keep their bodies healthy, their minds engaged and their spirits alive.

The entire Lightning organization continues to follow through with its commitment of growing the game among diverse populations in Florida, as it currently serves as the only team in the National Hockey League to participate in this unique youth hockey opportunity. It maintains its dedication to community hockey initiatives through a more hands-on approach, with a primary goal to improve the overall quality of the sport by promoting its values across all demographics.

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