By on February 3, 2017


Tampa, Fla. –The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the third annual Hockey Day in Tampa Bay on Saturday, February 18 at AMALIE Arena. The full-day event will begin at 9 a.m. with a 40-team Chase Street Hockey tournament on Ford Thunder Alley and end with a high school hockey match-up, the Lightning Cup Final, which will air LIVE on Spectrum Sports at 7 p.m. Doors for fans will open at 12:30 p.m. for the event at AMALIE Arena. The first on-ice event of the day will be a Lightning sled hockey exhibition, featuring former Bolts playing in sleds.

The day will be highlighted by an alumni game between the Lightning and Boston Bruins, presented by the Jason Ritchie Hockey Foundation; with puck drop scheduled for 5 p.m. Fans can come watch former Lightning players including Dave Andreychuk, Vincent Lecavalier, Ruslan Fedotenko, Fredrik Modin, Brian Bradley, Vinny Prospal and many others. The Bruins roster will include Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, Terry O’Reilly, Al Iafrate, Bob Sweeney and Tim Sweeney, along with other former Bruins players.

The Jason Ritchie Hockey Foundation was established by the Ritchie family in memory of their son, Jason, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2009. The foundation’s mission is to mentor and support young hockey players who share Jason’s passion for the sport. The foundation believes talented and driven young athletes should only be limited by the size of their dreams and the depth of their commitment, never by the availability of financial resources. The Jason Ritchie Hockey Foundation is located in Tampa, Florida.

“We are excited to host our third annual Hockey Day in Tampa Bay and continue to introduce our sport to so many people in the Bay area,” said Lightning vice president of community hockey development Jay Feaster. ”We are thrilled to host an alumni game between the Lightning and Bruins. This game is only made possible because of the Jason Ritchie Foundation and their dedication and commitment to growing the sport in our community.”

Hockey Day in Tampa Bay tickets are on sale and $10 in advance on Ticketmaster or $15 on the day of the event at AMALIE Arena. Parking for the event in most lots will be a special price of $5. Hockey Day will also feature a Lightning used equipment sale, which will be located at section 128.

Below is a full schedule of events taking place at AMALIE Arena:

Event                                                               Time               

Chase Street Hockey on Ford Thunder Alley      9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Doors Open                                                                       12:30 p.m.

Lightning Sled Hockey Exhibition                           1 p.m.

Honda LHSHL All-Star Showcase                            2:45 p.m.

Alumni Skills Competition                                          4 p.m.

Lightning vs. Bruins Alumni Game                          5 p.m.

LHSHL Championship Game                                     7 p.m.



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