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Lightning to Introduce Top Draft Pick at 2009 Tampa Bay Lightning Young Guns Camp

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that they will introduce their top draft picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft to fans on Saturday, July 11 during its 2009 Tampa Bay Lightning Young Guns Camp, a prospects camp, to be held July 8-15 at the St. Pete Times Forum. The team will hold a fan festival on Saturday, July 11 at 5 p.m. to present its top draft selections while holding a scrimmage and super skills competition between prospects. The entire camp, including the festival, scrimmage, super skills competition and all practices, are free and open to the public. Practice times will be available at www.tampabayligthtning.com.


"We are excited to be able to offer Lightning fans this opportunity so quickly after making our 2009 draft selections," said Brad Lott, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We haven't hosted a camp like this before, but we relish the opportunity to get our best young prospects, including this year's top picks, in front of our fans."

The Lightning’s top draft picks are expected to participate in the camp and meet fans through the week. During the camp there will be various exclusive meet and greet opportunities with players and autograph sessions with camp participants, coaches and management. Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos, Head Coach Rick Tocchet, Owner Oren Koules and Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton will be on hand. The event will offer a “select-a-seat” which will allow fans to choose their seat locations for next season. Ticket packages start at $79. Food and beverage specials as well as games on the arena floor will also be available to fans in attendance.

The 2009 Tampa Bay Lightning Young Guns Camp is the perfect opportunity for Lightning fans to see some of the brightest young talent in hockey. Players will include some familiar faces from the 2008-09 season, such as Ty Wishart, Vladimir Mihalik, Kevin Quick and Riku Helenius. Another highlight of the event will be goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who backstopped Team Canada to the 2009 World Junior Championship, as he prepares to begin his professional career. Former Lightning draft picks Dana Tyrell, Mitch Fadden, Luke Witkowski, James Wright and Mark Barberio to name a few, will also participate.

Beyond the Blue Line, the Lightning’s summer-long meet and greet series, will take place during the camp on Thursday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m. Those who would like to RSVP for Beyond the Blue Line should call 813.301.6800.

For more information and a complete schedule of events fans should visit www.tampabaylightning.com.

Tenative 2009 Lightning Young Guns Camp Roster (not including 2009 draft choices)
Player Pos. Shoot/Catch HT WT Age 2008-09 Team
Helenius, Riku G L 6'3 205 21 Tpa (NHL)/ Nor (AHL)/ Mis (ECHL)
Janus, Jarolslav G L 5'11 192 19 Erie (OHL)
Mountain, Bryan G L 5'9 175 21 Portage (MJHL)
Tokarski, Dustin G L 5'11 185 19 Spokane (WHL)
Zador, Michael G L 6'1 175 18 Oshawa (OHL)
Barberio, Mark D L 6'0 201 19 Moncton (QMJHL)
Gustafsson, Erik D L 5'10 180 20 U. of Northern Michigan (CCHA)
Hedman, Victor D L 6'6 220 18 Modo (SWE)
Jackson, Scott D L 6'4 215 22 Norfolk (AHL)/ Mississippi (ECHL)
Mihalik, Vladimir D L 6'7 222 22 Tampa Bay (NHL)/ Norfolk (AHL)
Quick, Kevin D L 6'0 175 21 Tpa (NHL)/ Nor (AHL)/ Aug (ECHL)
Wishart, Ty D L 6'4 205 21 Tampa Bay (NHL)/ Norfolk (AHL)
Witkowski, Luke D R 6'0 200 19 Fargo (USHL)
Ashton, Carter RW L 6'2 205 18 Lethbridge (WHL)
De Coste, Kyle RW R 6'2 190 19 Sault Ste Marie/ Brampton (OHL)
Fadden, Mitch C L 6'0 175 21 Tri-Cities/ Lethbridge (WHL)
Grant, Tommy LW L 6'2 190 22 Univ. of Alaska-Anchorage (WCHA)
Hutchings, Alex RW R 5'10 183 18 Barrie (OHL)
Killorn, Alexander C L 6'0 185 18 Harvard (ECAC)
Lawrence, Chris RW R 6'4 217 22 Norfolk (AHL)/ Aug-Mis (ECHL)
Marshall, Matt C/ RW R 6'1 172 20 Vermont (HE)
Read, Matt RW R 5'10 179 23 Bemidji State University (CHA)
Simek, Juraj LW L 6'1 189 22 Norfolk (AHL)
Tyrell, Dana LW L 5'11 180 20 Prince George (WHL)


2009 Lightning Young Guns Practice and Workout Schedule (practices open to public)
July 9, 2009
9-10 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group A)
10-11 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group B)
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Off Ice Workout (Group A)
11:30-12:30 p.m. – Off Ice Workout (Group B)
7-8 p.m. – On Ice Practice (Group A)
8:15-9:15 p.m. – On Ice Practice (Group B)

July 10, 2009
9-10 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group B)
10:15-11:15 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group A)
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Off Ice Workout (Group B)
11:30-12:30 p.m. – Off Ice Workout (Group A)
7-8 p.m. – On Ice Practice (Group B)
8:15-9:15 p.m. – On Ice Practice (Group A)

July 11, 2009
9-10 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group A)
10:15-11:15 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group B)
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Off Ice Workout (Group A)
11:30-12:30 p.m. – Off Ice Workout (Group B)
7-9 p.m. – Scrimmage and Super Skills (Group A vs. Group B)
*Autograph session following

July 12, 2009
9-10 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group B)
10:15-11:15 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group A)

July 13, 2009
9-10 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group A)
10:15-11:15 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group B)
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Off Ice Workout (Group A)
11:30-12:30 p.m. – Off Ice Workout (Group B)
7-8 p.m. – On Ice Practice (Group A)
8:15-9:15 p.m. – On Ice Practice (Group B)

July 14, 2009
9-10 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group B)
10:15-11:15 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group A)
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Off Ice Workout (Group B)
11:30-12:30 p.m. – Off Ice Workout (Group A)
7-8 p.m. – On Ice Practice (Group B)
8:15-9:15 p.m. – On Ice Practice (Group A)

July 15, 2009
8-9 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group A)
9-10 a.m. – On Ice Practice (Group B)


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