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Tampa Bay Lightning announces youth hockey clinics and "unplugged" series



Stuff to keep an eye on. The Lightning announced upcoming youth hockey clinics and an "unplugged" program in which players will be available at various places around the Tampa Bay area to answer questions.

The youth hockey clinics begin Oct. 7 at the St. Pete Times Forum and will be run by former Lightning star Brian Bradley, now the team's director of youth hockey. There is a nominal charge to cover the opening of the building and some giveaway items. Go to for more information.

As for the "unplugged" series, here is the announcement from the team:

The Tampa Bay Lightning and its players are introducing a new series of fan friendly events to the Tampa Bay community. Entitled “Tampa Bay Lightning, Unplugged”  the series will be hosted by former Lightning player and 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Chris Dingman, who will offer fans a chance to meet the Lightning players and ask them questions in an open, casual, barrier-free environment.

Unplugged will be a staple of the Lightning’s “Together We Will” marketing campaign all year long, bringing at least two Lightning players into the neighborhoods of Tampa Bay each month to family friendly restaurants and pubs. The first event will feature new Lightning defensemen Matt Walker and Mattias Ohlund joining Dingman at Pete & Shorty’s Tavern in Pinellas Park (7402 49th Street / (727) 549-8000), beginning at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 1.

“Our goal with the Unplugged series is to allow our fans to better connect with the Lightning players,” said Angelina Lawton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications. “We are taking off the helmets, peeling away their uniforms, letting them communicate with the fans in a relaxed, open environment designed to promote interaction. No question will go unanswered; hockey players are the best people in sports and we look forward to achieving new levels of openness with our fans.”

Unplugged sessions will feature appearances by the new Lightning mobile marketing truck, as well as Thunderbug, the Bolt Brigade, and the Lightning Girls. This week Pete & Shorty’s will provide food and drink specials, as well as trivia, prizes, and free Lightning giveaways.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2009 12:15am]


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