Tampa Bay Lightning sets rosters for charity game in honor of slain police officer
The Tampa Bay Lightning released rosters for the charity game to be held at Saturday's Fan Fest in honor of slain Tampa Police Cpl. Mike Roberts.
Team Navy includes Marty St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, Jeff Halpern and Andrej Meszaros along with assistant coach Wes Walz and Lightning alumnus Stan Neckar. Joining them will be Michael Hutner, Frank Ruedy, Tommy Mayer and Mark Cholnik of the Tampa Police Department.
Team White features Ryan Malone, Adam Hall, Mattias Ohlund, Victor Hedman and Matt Walker along with alumni Dave Andreychuk, Chris Dingman, Brian Bradley and Pat Jablonski. Tampa Police officers Evan Trefcer, Braxton Baird, Michael Palmieri and Bob Barrett will also play for Team White. Lightning locker room staff will fill out the remainder of the rosters.
Lightning founder Phil Esposito (Team White) and 620-AM WDAE radio personality Ian Beckles (Team Navy) will serve as celebrity coaches. Television play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham and television host Paul Kennedy will be on the benches interviewing players during the game. All players will wear Cpl. Roberts’ No. 12 for the game.
Fans can purchase Lightning players' or alumnus’ autographed jerseys through an auction on the concourse behind section 101. There also will be a memorabilia auction behind sections 101-130. Proceeds from both will go toward the Cpl. Mike Roberts Memorial Fund. Fans will also be able to make cash contributions via numerous donation locations throughout the St. Pete Times Forum.
Fan Fest will be from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum.