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Need to know: Marty St. Louis jersey retirement night

Everything you need to know about Martin St. Louis' jersey retirement night

by Trevor van Knotsenburg / TampaBayLightning.com

As we get ready for the Lightning's historic night when they retire Martin St. Louis' jersey, below you can find a complete guide on what you need to know so you don't miss anything.

Puck-Drop vs. Buffalo Sabres

Marty will drop the puck prior to Thursday's Lightning game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Jersey Retirement Ceremony

Marty's jersey number retirement ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night. Fans attending the game will want to arrive very early for the game to ensure they are in their seat for the beginning of the show. Doors for premium areas will open at 5 p.m. while regular doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

 The ceremony will include many of his past Lightning teammates, including Dave Andreychuk, Vincent Lecavalier, Fredrick Modin, Tim Taylor, Ruslan Fedotenko, as well as former general manager, Jay Feaster. Speakers for the ceremony will include Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and more.

Where to Watch the ceremony 

For those unable to be at AMALIE Arena for the ceremony, it will be televised beginning at 6:30 p.m. by FOX Sports Sun and streamed on Fox Sports GO and NHL.TV. Radio listeners can hear it live on 970-AM in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, or via the Lightning Power Play channel on iHeartRadio.

Former Lightning head coach John Tortorella, now with Columbus, is one of several personalities scheduled to speak during the ceremony, which will be available to re-watch on-demand at TampaBayLightning.com/msl26.

Marty Night Jersey Auction

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that the team has begun auctioning off two sets of game-worn jerseys worn during the Marty St. Louis jersey number retirement game on www.tampabaylightning.com/gameworns. The on-line jersey auction ends on Tuesday, January 24 at midnight. The first set of jerseys being auctioned off will be the set the Lightning players wore during warm-ups prior to their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. Additionally, each jersey has been signed by the Lightning player and St. Louis. The second set of jerseys being auctioned off will be the jerseys the Lightning wore for their game against the Blue Jackets. The black BOLTS jersey worn during the game will also include the special '26' patch.

Social Media

With all the excitement around the Lightning retiring their first jersey number, the Bolts are encouraging fans to use the hashtag #MSL26 for their social media postings. The Lightning's website will be switched to honor Marty and the website www.tampabaylightning.com/msl26 will have on-demand content from the big night at AMALIE Arena. St. Louis' top 10 moments are also on the Lightning special webpage, including exclusive interviews with the former captain.

Fans will be able to use a special Martin St. Louis snapchat filter on Ford Thunder Alley and inside the arena as well as be able to download special cover photos for twitter and facebook. 

See Marty's awards 

The awards Martin St. Louis won during his NHL career will all be on display during Friday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the following locations and fans will be able to take photos with the trophies: 

Stanley Cup - West Patio 

Art Ross Trophy - Suite Level East

Lady Byng - Section 112 

Lester B. Pearson Award - Section 320 

Hart Trophy - Bud Light Party Deck 

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