TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will open the franchise’s 21st training camp on Wednesday, September 11 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the team announced today. The team also announced the additional 38 players who will attend, along with those currently participating in the Coral Springs Rookie Tournament.
The camp roster includes a number of familiar faces, including superstars Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos, as well as Victor Hedman, Ryan Malone, Teddy Purcell, Matt Carle and more. Key offseason acquisition Valtteri Filppula will make his Bolts debut and goaltender Ben Bishop, acquired at last season’s trade deadline, will be attending his first Lightning camp. The Tampa Bay roster is also highlighted by a number of young players expected to compete for regular season positions, including last season’s AHL Most Valuable Player, Tyler Johnson, Brett Connolly, Radko Gudas, Mark Barberio, Richard Panik and Ondrej Palat to name a few.
Of those players invited to camp and not participating in Coral Springs, there are 20 forwards, 14 defensemen and four goaltenders. All of those players but three, Even Rankin, Drew Olson and Geoff Walker, spent at least some time in the Lightning system last season. The 62 players will be broken into three practice groups.
Players will begin medical and physical testing at 8 a.m. on September 11. Players will be available to the media once they have completed their testing and other obligations. They will hit the ice for the first time on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13 with the following schedule (subject to change):
• 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Practice
• 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Practice
• 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Flood
• 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Practice
• 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Practice
• 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Flood
• 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Practice
Thursday’s practice is free and open to the public. Friday is closed. The Lightning will host Fan Fest on Saturday at the Times Forum beginning at 8 a.m. For more information on the event visit http://www.TampaBayLightning.com.
In addition, the Lightning will practice in Estero, Florida at Germain Arena from Monday, September 23 through Saturday, September 28. Those practices are also free and open to the public. Tampa Bay will play a preseason game at Germain against the Florida Panthers on September 26. They will also play a preseason game in Orlando at the Amway Center on Wednesday, September 18. Tickets to both games are now on sale.