Lightning hosts May 11 open house
The biggest news coming out of the meeting will be the expected introduction of Rick Tocchet as Lightning head coach without the "interim" tag. But lots of other stuff going on
From the team:
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host a “Town Hall Meeting” on Monday, May 11 at the St. Pete Times Forum from 6-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public with special features for season ticket holders.
Beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a used equipment sale on the arena floor of the St. Pete Times Forum. Items to be sold were formerly used by Lightning players. Assistant Equipment Managers Rob Kennedy and Clay Roffer will be available to answer any questions. The equipment sale will close at 7 p.m. and reopen after the question and answer session, which will also be taking place on the arena floor. Lightning defenseman Andrej Meszaros will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m.
The question and answer session will begin around 7 p.m. Owner and Governor Oren Koules , Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton and Coach Rick Tocchet will answer questions from fans in a town hall format. There will be reserved seating for season ticket holders. There will be multiple microphones available for all fans to ask questions.
There will be plenty more to do after the question and answer session. The Lightning Locker Room will open for tours, including tours of the medical room by Head Athletic Trainer Tom Mulligan and Assistant Athletic Trainer Mike Poirier. Kennedy and Roffer will also be on hand to answer general questions about the locker room. Tocchet and defenseman Paul Ranger will also be available for autographs from 8-9 p.m.
All fans must check in at the Jeep Club Entrance before entering the event. Free parking will be available in the VIP East and West Lots on a first come, first served basis.
Season ticket holders can meet their client sales manager in the XO VIP Club or have their questions answered by Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brad Lott and his staff on the event floor.
All fans arriving at the event will receive a mini-bobble head and have an opportunity to enter to win game-worn jerseys from Evgeny Artyukhin, Ryan Malone and Ryan Craig as well as tickets to other events at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Once inside, fans can take photos with ThunderBug, play in the inflatable shootout and joust games, and check out the youth hockey table. Lightning merchandise will be on sale for up to 50 percent off the retail price. There will also be free snack mix, popcorn, soda and water, while hotdogs and beer will each be $1.
Lightning Hockey Night, the Lightning’s weekly radio show, will air live from the event on 620 WDAE from 7-9 p.m. The show will be hosted by former Lightning players, and Stanley Cup Champions, Dave Andreychuk and Chris Dingman.
And speaking of Andreychuk, the Lightning's former captain, now a community representative for the team, was re-appointed by governor Charlie Crist to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness.