TAMPA BAY –
Tampa Bay Lightning players Martin St. Louis
, Vaclav Prospal, Johan Holmqvist, Filip Kuba, Marc Denis and Jan Hlavac, along with alum John Tucker, will appear Saturday at IceFest 2007, a free hockey festival designed to celebrate the start of the 2007-08 season. They join Chris Gratton and alum Dave Andreychuk, who were previously announced.
The special event, presented by the St. Petersburg Times in conjunction with Circle K, will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is highlighted this year by the unveiling of the Lightning’s new logo and jerseys. Several Lightning players and local celebrities will participate in the unveiling on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza at noon, followed by fans’ first opportunity to purchase team merchandise featuring the new logo.
St. Louis, Prospal, Hlavac and Andreychuk are scheduled to sign autographs on the main concourse inside the St. Pete Times Forum from 10:30-11:30 a.m., followed by Gratton, Kuba, Denis, Holmqvist and Tucker from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lightning executive vice president & general manager Jay Feaster and head coach John Tortorella will participate in a Q & A session for season ticketholders at 11 a.m. in Icons restaurant, followed by a similar session with assistant general manager Claude Loiselle and new assistant coach Mike Sullivan at 1 p.m. in Icons.
Fans arriving for IceFest will enjoy a 50-foot snow slide on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza, games for the kids (street hockey, rock climbing, etc.), player autographs, massage tents, live music and live remote broadcasts from 11 local radio stations. Hot dogs and sodas will be offered for $1, select Lightning merchandise will be available for 50 percent off and the Lightning Foundation will hold an auction of autographed memorabilia. The Lightning Ice Girls, Energy Team and ThunderBug will also greet fans and offer free face painting.
In addition, Saturday (10 a.m.) is the day that individual tickets for the Lightning’s 41 home regular season games and three home preseason games go on sale at the McDonald’s Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Ten-game packs are also still available starting at $99.
The Lightning will open their 15th training camp at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon on Thursday, September 13.