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Training Camp and Icefest Schedule

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

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. Specials include $1 hot dogs, soda and beer as well as half price chicken tenders. A $7 lunch buffet will be available Wednesday through Friday. Merchandise stands will also be open with specially priced items available.

The 2008 Lightning IceFest is 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.

Training Camp and Icefest Schedule:

Wed. September 17 9:30 am - Doors Open
10:00 am - 1:00 pm - Team Black
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Team White
Thu. September 18 9:30 am - Doors Open
10:00 am - 1:00 pm - Team Black & Team White
10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Scrimmage
Fri. September 19 9:30 am - Doors Open
10:00 am - 1:00 pm - Team Black & Team White
10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Scrimmage
Sat. September 20 9:30 am - Doors Open
10:00 am - 1:00 pm - Non Game Players Practice
Sun. September 21
10:00 am - Icefest Opens
10:00 am - 12:00 pm - DJ Coz performs on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza
11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Team Black Practice
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Betty’s Not a Vitamin performs LIVE on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm - Team White Practice
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm - Team Black Autographs
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Team White Autographs
4:00 pm - Icefest Concludes

Training Camp Rosters:

Team White

Gratton, Chris
Hall, Adam
Halpern, Jeff (Injured)
Jokinen, Jussi
Koci, David
Konopka, Zenon
Lundin, Mike
Malone, Ryan
Meszaros, Andrej
Mihalik, Vladimir
Niskala, Janne
Ramo, Karri
Ranger, Paul
Recchi, Mark
Roberts, Gary
Rogers, Andy
Segal, Brandon
Smith, Mike
Stamkos, Steven
Szczeuchura, Paul
Vrbata, Radim
Ward, Jason
Team Black

Artyukhin, Evgeny
Bochenski, Brandon
Carle, Matt
Craig, Ryan
Helenius, Riku
Heward, Jamie
Hutchinson, Andrew
Jones, Blair
Kolzig, Olaf
Lawrence, Chris
Lecavalier, Vincent
O’Brien, Shane
O’Connor, Sean
Ouellet, Michel
Prospal, Vaclav
Smaby, Matt
Smith, Wyatt
Smolenak, Radek
St. Louis, Martin
Tarnasky, Nick
Wishart, Ty

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