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New Lightning owner plans to restore Tampa Bay's passion for hockey



 Jeff Vinik's main goal as owner of the Lightning is to bring the passion for hockey back to the Tampa Bay area.

"My objective ... is to bring back a consistent winning hockey team and bring back the Stanley Cup to Tampa Bay,'' Vinik said during a news conference today at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

The news conference, which NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and former Lightning player Dave Andreychuk, among others, attended, was part of Vinik's introduction to the bay area.

The Boston hedge fund manager, who, officially became the Lightning's fifth owner on Wednesday, also met with sponsors and government officials and will take questions from fans from 5-7 tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

[Last modified: Sunday, April 4, 2010 12:15am]


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