Lightning to host Hockey Day in Tampa Bay on Feb. 15 at Amalie Arena

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning will host Hockey Day in Tampa Bay on Feb. 15 at Amalie Arena, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending with a watch party for the Lightning at San Jose Sharks game starting at 8:30 p.m.

John Tortorella, the former Lightning coach who led Tampa Bay to a Stanley Cup title in 2004, will participate by serving as a coach in the Lightning Conference All-Star Game that will pit Team Tortorella against Team Andreychuk.

The day will include a Battle of the Badges Game, which will feature local fire departments against local police departments. Lightning alumni also will participate, with Tortorella coaching both teams.

"Hockey Day celebrates and puts the spotlight on our great game at every level we touch in the Tampa Bay area," Jay Feaster, the Lightning executive director of community hockey development, said in a statement. "From youth to high school to adult, from ice to street to sled hockey, literally every program our Community Hockey Department interacts with during the year will be on display at Hockey Day. The fact that all of the proceeds will go to charity makes it even more special, and we are looking forward to an incredible day of hockey."

In addition, former Lightning winger Dave Andreychuk and other Lightning alumni will play the Tampa Bay Sled Hockey team in a sled hockey game at 1:45 p.m. The University of Tampa will play against the University of South Florida to start on-ice play, and two local high school teams will also face each other in the Lightning Cup Finals to cap Hockey Day.

Tickets are $10, with all proceeds donated to Sun Coast Law Enforcement Charities, Inc., and the Lightning Foundation. All activities on Ford Thunder Alley will be free.

A full schedule is below.


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