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Lightning to Open 16th Training Camp Sept. 16 at St. Pete Times Forum

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will open their 16th National Hockey League training camp on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Forty-three players, including new additions Ryan Malone, Matt Carle, Gary Roberts, Radim Vrbata, Mark Recchi, Olaf Kolzig, Adam Hall and Steven Stamkos, are scheduled to report Sept. 16 for physicals and on-ice testing. Players will be divided into two groups (Team Black and Team White) and will begin full on-ice workouts on Wednesday, September 17.

On-ice workouts on Sept. 17th, 18th and 19th will be open to the public, with 2008 Lightning IceFest scheduled for Sunday, September 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Lightning will hold split squad practices at the St. Pete Times Forum from 11 a.m. - noon and 12:15 - 1:15 p.m, with both practices open to the public.  Each squad will sign autographs on the concourse at the St. Pete Times Forum following their respective practices.

The Chrysler/Jeep Plaza will play host to numerous activities Sunday including DJ Coz from 10 a.m. - noon and the live band, Betty’s Not a Vitamin, from noon - 4 p.m.  Also on the plaza will be a surf simulator ride, the human joust, a bungee trampoline, a rock climbing wall, a carnival tent midway, human foosball, face painting, street hockey and more.  Numerous local radio stations will also be on hand on the plaza. Free parking is available in the VIP West lot.


10 a.m. – IceFest Opens
10 a.m. - noon – DJ Coz performs on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza
11 a.m. - noon – Team Black practice
Noon - 4 p.m. – Betty’s Not a Vitamin performs LIVE on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. – Team White practice
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. – Team Black autographs
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. – Team White autographs
4 p.m. – Ice Fest Concludes 


Following is a day-by-day schedule for the Lightning’s 2008 preseason (subject to change):

Tue, Sept. 16: Players report for physicals and testing, 9 a.m.
Wed, Sept. 17: Team Black 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Team White noon – 3 p.m.
Thu, Sept. 18: Team Black & Team White 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Scrimmage 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
Fri, Sept. 19: Team Black & Team White 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Scrimmage 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
Travel to Pittsburgh
Sat, Sept. 20: 11:30 a.m. pre-game skate in Pittsburgh
Preseason game @ Pittsburgh, Mellon Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Travel to Tampa
Sun, Sept. 21: Team Black 11 a.m. – noon; Team White 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
2008 Lightning IceFest
Mon, Sept. 22:   10:30 a.m. pre-game skate
Preseason game vs. Pittsburgh, St. Pete Times Forum, 7:30 p.m. 
Tue, Sept. 23: 10:30 a.m. pre-game skate
Preseason game vs. NY Rangers, St. Pete Times Forum, 7:30 p.m.
Wed, Sept. 24:  Practice, 10 a.m.
Travel to New York
Thu, Sept. 25: 11:30 a.m. pre-game skate, Madison Square Garden
Preseason game @ NY Rangers, Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m.
Travel to Prague
Fri, Sept 26: Team arrives in Prague
4 p.m. practice, Letnany Arena
Sat, Sept. 27: Noon practice, O2 Arena   
Sun, Sept. 28: 9:30 a.m. pre-game skate, O2 Arena
Travel to Berlin
Preseason game @ Eisbaren Berlin, O2 World Arena, 4 p.m. (10 a.m. ET)
Travel to Bratislava
Mon, Sept. 29: 3:30 p.m. practice, Samsung Arena, Bratislava
Tue, Sept. 30: 10 a.m. pre-game skate, Samsung Arena
Preseason game @ HC Slovan, Samsung Arena, 7 p.m. (1 p.m. ET)
Travel to Prague
Wed, Oct. 1: 11 a.m. practice, O2 Arena
Thu, Oct. 2: 10 a.m. practice, O2 Arena
4 p.m. open practice, O2 Arena
Fri, Oct. 3:  10 a.m. practice, O2 Arena
Sat Oct. 4: 10 a.m. pre-game skate, O2 Arena
Regular season opener vs. NY Rangers, O2 Arena, 6 p.m. (noon ET)
Sun, Oct. 5: 11:15 a.m. pre-game skate, O2 Arena
Game @ NY Rangers, O2 Arena, 6 p.m. (noon ET)
Travel to Tampa
Mon, Oct. 6: Team arrives in Tampa.

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