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Burns: Five takeaways from All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps five of his favorite moments from the 2018 NHL All-Star Game

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Okay, we've all had time to recover from the three-day party that was NHL All-Star Weekend 2018.

Did everyone have a good time?

Do I even need to ask?

From the Friday night concert at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to the red carpet walk from Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park to AMALIE Arena, All-Star Weekend had a little something for everybody.

What will we remember most from the festivities?

Here are my main takeaways.

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Lightning Foundation announces 2018 NHL All-Star 50/50 winner

Winner takes home $138.207 prize

by Andrew DeWitt / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning Foundation has announced the winning ticket for the record-breaking 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend 50/50 raffle. 

Winning Number: 99101197025

Winner prize: $138,207

The winner may claim the prize by filling out this form

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Kucherov nets a hat trick in semis, Pacific prevails in final

Tampa Bay's All-Stars play a big role in the Atlantic's semifinal victory

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov tallied the first-ever 3-on-3 hat trick in NHL All-Star History to pace the Atlantic Division to a 7-4 semifinal victory over the Metropolitan at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in front of a sellout hometown crowd at Tampa's AMALIE Arena.

The Pacific Division, however, won the 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament for the second time in three years, downing the Atlantic 5-2 in the Final.

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Kucherov records a hat trick in the Atlantic Division's semifinal win

The Bolts All-Stars combine for seven points in the 7-4 victory

by Jacob Lynn / TampaBayLightning.com

Nikita Kucherov's hat trick lifted the Atlantic Division to a 7-4 win over the Metropolitan Division in the second semifinal game at AMALIE Arena. 

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Willie O'Ree honored as Lightning Community Hero

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Willy O'Ree as the 24th Lightning Community Hero this season

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning and National Hockey League honored Willie O'Ree as the 24th Lightning Community Hero this season during the second match of today's 2018 Honda All-Star Game at AMALIE Arena. 

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Brian Boyle's warm reception the highlight of All-Star Skills Competition

Things got emotional as the former Bolt made his return to AMALIE Arena as an All-Star

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay Lightning All-Stars were shut out at Saturday night's NHL All-Star Skills Competition at AMALIE Arena.

But that mattered little to the Bolts or their fans.

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NHL, Viniks continue to leave lasting legacy in Tampa Bay

Street hockey rink donated to the Boys & Girls Club is just the latest example of the Vinik Family's dedication to the Tampa Bay community

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

If there was any question why Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife Penny are so committed to their philanthropic efforts throughout the Tampa Bay community, one need only to look at the smiles on the faces of the children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay as they stepped onto the newly-constructed outdoor ball hockey rink Friday at the Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Boys & Girls Club and played a pickup game with Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star Brayden Point, Lightning mascot ThunderBug and a few of his mascot friends.

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Lightning All-Stars surprise squirt and peewee hockey players in Brandon

Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy stayed for autographs and selfies with Mini One-on-One participants

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Squirt- and peewee-level players competing at the Mini One-on-One All-Star Finals at the Tampa Bay Lightning's Ice Sports Forum training facility in East Tampa got an All-Star surprise during a break in the action.

Lightning All-Star players Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy popped in to hand out some goodies to the competitors while also sticking around for an impromptu autograph and selfie session.

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2018 NHL All-Star Game photo gallery

Check out some of the highlights as the 2018 NHL All-Star game descends on Tampa Bay

by Tampa Bay Lightning / TampaBayLightning.com

Take a look at some of our favorite moments from 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend. 

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How to watch 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay will be on the national stage this weekend hosting All-Star Weekend

by Andrew DeWitt / TampaBayLightning.com

All-Star Weekend Preview

2018 NHL All-Star Weekend Preview

The 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend is here. Caley Chelios has the info on all the weekend's festivities

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Wondering how to watch the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa if you can't make it down to AMALIE Arena for the festivities? See below. 

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Lightning host mini one-on-one All-Star finals at Ice Sports Forum

Stamkos, Kucherov and Vasilevskiy will all be in attendance from 1-2 p.m. on Friday

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the 2018 Mini One-on-One All-Star Finals on Friday, January 26 at the Ice Sports Forum in East Tampa. The tournament will start at noon and conclude at 4:30 p.m. Lightning All-Stars Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy will be at the event from 1-2 p.m.

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Brayden Point surprised, excited by All-Star Game selection

The call may have caught Point off guard, but Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper knows the young forward deserves the honor

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point said it wasn't even on his radar that he could be a possible replacement for injured Bolts defenseman Victor Hedman at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game this weekend at AMALIE Arena in Tampa.

So when Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gave him a call following the Bolts' 4-3 overtime victory in Nashville to break the news he was in, Point was "surprised" to learn he would be headed to the league's showcase of its best players in just his second season.

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Lightning Players, Stanley Cup Among Highlights of NHL All-Star Pregame

2018 NHL All-Stars Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and More to Sign Autographs at the 2018 NHL All-Star PreGame

by Press Release / NHL

Autograph sessions featuring Tampa Bay Lightning players and former NHL All-Stars; NHL memorabilia and trophy displays, including the iconic Stanley Cup®; an exhibition showcasing the history of hockey in Florida; and photo opportunities with the NASA Kennedy Space Center's Lunar Roving Vehicle Replica Trainer are just a sampling of what fans of all ages can expect at the 2018 NHL All-Star PreGame™, the official fan festival of the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend in Tampa. From Friday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 28, the National Hockey League and a robust lineup of corporate partners will deliver endless free and family-friendly hockey interactive games, attractions and live music to fans at AMALIE Arena's Silver Parking Lot and Cotanchobee Park.

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Brayden Point to replace Victor Hedman on All-Star roster

Point joins Lightning teammates Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy on the Atlantic Division roster

by Press Release / NHL.com

NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2018) - Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point has been added to the roster for the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Tampa, the National Hockey League announced today. Point replaces injured teammate Victor Hedman on the Atlantic Division roster.

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All-Star Beach Bash comes to Pier 60 Park at Clearwater Beach

Lightning Made Street Hockey tournament and other family-friendly events highlight the Beach Bash

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

 The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, in partnership with Presenting Sponsor DEX Imaging, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater, the City of Clearwater and the Tampa Bay Lightning, are excited to announce the All-Star Beach Bash coming to Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach on Saturday, January 27. Event festivities are scheduled to run from 9am to 3pm.

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Lightning weigh in on food favorites as All-Star Weekend approaches

Self-proclaimed Tampa food expert Bryan Burns spoke with Lightning players and staff about the best places to grab a bite to eat in Tampa Bay

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

When it comes to dining out in Tampa Bay, I like to consider myself somewhat of an expert on the local food scene.

Co-workers often ask me for restaurant recommendations. Some of them have labeled me a foodie. Sometimes, I can't tell if they're joking or not, but I wear it as a badge of honor.

With that in mind, I decided to write a guide to the best restaurants, breweries, bars and coffee shops in Tampa Bay, geared toward visitors making their way to the area for NHL All-Star Weekend.

Check it out here: https://hangtampabay.com/

Tweet at me and let me know what you think. Pass along some of your favorites too.

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Bolts, NHL partner to host nine-day 50/50 raffle for Florida residents

Half of the pot will support the NHL Legacy Project build a street hockey rink at the Vinik Family Boys & Girls Club

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning and the National Hockey League are partnering to host a multi-day 50/50 raffle for the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa. The nine-day raffle is currently live on www.Bolts5050.com and will end on Sunday, January 28 during the Honda NHL All-Star Game. 

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Moon Taxi Joins 2018 Enterprise NHL All-Star Friday Night Lineup

The Alternative Rock Band Will Open for Fitz and The Tantrums In Jan. 26 Free Concert at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa; 2018 NHL All-Star Captain P.K. Subban and 93.3 FLZ's Scotty Davis to Host

by Press Release / NHL.com

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2018) - American alt-rock band Moon Taxi has joined the bill for the 2018 Enterprise NHL® All-Star Friday Night concert at Curtis Hixon Park on Friday, Jan. 26, the National Hockey League and Tampa Bay Sports Commission announced today. Headlined by Fitz and The Tantrums, the two-hour free concert will begin at 8 p.m. and will be hosted by Nashville Predators defenseman and 2018 NHL All-Star captain P.K. Subban and 93.3 FLZ's Scotty Davis. The event will be open to the public, rain or shine. A ticket will not be required for entry.

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Traffic Advisory: Suggested routes to AMALIE Arena for All-Star Skills

Learn the best routes to AMALIE Arena and the surrounding area during Saturday's Gasparilla festival

http://www.tampabaylightning.com @NHL

Please note: On Saturday, January 27th, downtown Tampa Bay hosts the Gasparilla Parade, which brings crowds of over 200,000 to downtown, and traffic will be extremely heavy. The following routes are suggested for fans coming to the downtown area on Saturday. 

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Kid Rock to perform at 2018 Honda All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 28

Multiplatinum-selling singer/songwriter will perform during second intermission presented by TicketMaster

by Press Release / NHL

Multiplatinum-selling singer/songwriter Kid Rock will headline the entertainment for the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Tampa on Sunday, Jan. 28, the National Hockey League announced tonight during NBCSN's pregame coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers game. A portion of the second intermission presented by Ticketmaster® featuring Kid Rock will be televised as part of the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game broadcast, which begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 28, on NBC in the U.S. and CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

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Plenty on tap for NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa

NHL's Steve Mayer discusses how the NHL will merge with Gasparilla for the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

When the National Hockey League's Steve Mayer talks about the possibilities of merging All-Star Weekend with the City of Tampa's annual Gasparilla pirate festival later this month, his face lights up in a smile, his hands wildly gesticulate and the possibilities start flowing out at a machine-gun pace.

Mayer is the league's executive vice president and chief content officer and is responsible for creating a show, nay an experience, over the three-day All-Star Weekend in Tampa from January 26-28 that captivates traditional hockey fans while capturing new ones among the hundreds of thousands of people in Tampa for Gasparilla that might not otherwise think twice about the sport.

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Potential for an all-Lightning lineup at the All-Star Game

With four players named to the Atlantic Division roster, Bolts will be all over the ice at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

When the puck drops for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game at Tampa's AMALIE Arena on Sunday, January 28, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have the opportunity to do something no other team in the league can boast:

Fielding a starting lineup comprised entirely of Lightning players.

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Lightning well-represented at 2018 NHL All-Star Game

The Bolts will send a League-high four players to the game set to be held in Tampa

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

On January 3, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was named Atlantic Division captain and earned the Atlantic's first roster spot for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, being played at Tampa's AMALIE Arena, following a fan vote to determine the top play this season in each division.

Four days later, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper was announced head coach of the Atlantic Division squad after guiding the Bolts to a NHL-best .744 points percentage through the first half of the season.

Turns out, Stamkos and Cooper will have plenty of familiar faces to keep them company during the League showcase in their hometown.

Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Victor Hedman were named All-Stars on Wednesday, bringing the Lightning's All-Star player count to four and representatives to five. 

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Four Bolts players to represent Tampa Bay at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game

Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy will all skate for the Atlantic Division at the All-Star Game set to be held in Tampa later this month

by Press Release / NHL.com

NEW YORK (Jan. 10, 2018) - The National Hockey League announced today the full roster of players for the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be held Jan. 27-28 at AMALIE Arena in Tampa.

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Fitz and The Tantrums to headline 2018 NHL All-Star Friday Night Concert

Free concert on Jan. 26 at Curtis Hixon Park to kick off 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend

by Press Release / NHL

NEW YORK (Jan. 9, 2018) - Neo soul/indie pop band Fitz and The Tantrums will headline the 2018 Enterprise NHL® All-Star Friday Night concert at Curtis Hixon Park on Friday, Jan. 26 to open the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend festivities in downtown Tampa, the National Hockey League and Tampa Bay Sports Commission announced today. The two-hour concert will begin at 8 p.m. and feature additional musical performances and special guest appearances. The event will be free and open to the public. No ticket will be required for entry.

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2018 NHL All-Star Pregame Fan Festival to open Jan. 26 at AMALIE Arena

2018 Honda NHL All-Star festivities to feature three-day, free outdoor hockey festival at AMALIE Arena's Silver Parking Lot and Contanchobee Park

by Press Release / NHL

NEW YORK - As part of the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend festivities in Tampa, the National Hockey League will transform AMALIE Arena's Silver Parking Lot and Cotanchobee Park into the 2018 NHL All-Star PreGame™, a three-day, free outdoor hockey fan festival. From Friday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 28, the 2018 NHL All-Star Pre-Game will offer hockey fans of all ages a myriad of free hockey interactive games, attractions and music; special appearances by current and former NHL All-Star players; the Fourth Annual NHL Mascot Showdown™, a mini-version of the NHL All-Star Game featuring 27 NHL Mascots™; NHL memorabilia and trophy displays including the iconic Stanley Cup®; an exhibition showcasing the history of hockey in Florida; live television and radio broadcasts; a wide assortment of food options; and dozens of other dynamic activities.

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Jon Cooper named Atlantic Division coach for 2018 NHL All-Star Game

Lightning coach Jon Cooper will coach the Atlantic Division team at 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa

by Press Release / NHL

The National Hockey League announced today that Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic), Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators (Central), Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan) and Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific) will serve as the head coaches for the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be held Jan. 28-29 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

 

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When the NHL spotlights turn on, Stamkos and Tampa Bay are ready to shine

The 2018 NHL All-Star game is a chance for the region to showcase its arrival as a hockey destination

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Since the moment he re-signed an eight-year extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning two days before he was to hit the free agent market on July 1, 2016, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has maintained Tampa is "a hockey city."

With the 2018 NHL All-Star Game coming to AMALIE Arena later this month, the Tampa Bay area will get to show off its hockey street cred as well as all of the other attractions that truly make this region Hockey Paradise.

And Stamkos will get to serve as the area's tour guide.

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See Steven Stamkos' 2018 NHL All-Star Jersey

Each division will don a different jersey color at 2018 NHL All-Star Game

by Andrew DeWitt / TampaBayLightning.com

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will be the Atlantic Division's captain for the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend held at AMALIE Arena in the late January. 

Now fans can see what the Bolts captain will be wearing during the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. 

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Steven Stamkos elected Atlantic division captain for 2018 NHL All-Star

Alex Ovechkin, P.K. Subban and Connor McDavid will also serve as division captains in Tampa Bay

by Press Release / NHL

NEW YORK / TORONTO - Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (Atlantic), Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan), Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (Central) and Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (Pacific) topped their respective divisions in the 2018 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™ to earn the first spots and captaincies in the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Tampa on Sunday, Jan. 28.

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