Mari Faiello, Times Staff Writer

Mari Faiello

Times Staff Writer

Mari Faiello is a 2019 Tampa Bay Times intern.

Lightning’s Curtis McElhinney excited to join Tampa Bay

Curtis McElhinney has joined the Tampa Bay Lightning via free agency. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
In an interview with NHL Tonight broadcasters, McElhinney said he is looking forward to playing with the team in the warm weather.

Lightning’s ‘Bolts Beach Bash’ announced for later this month

Aerial photo of Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Clearwater. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
The event will be held at Pier 60 on July 27 and conclude with a fireworks show.

Lightning free agency: Catching up on who has and has not signed

Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) celebrates with the bench after his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 13, 2018, in Tampa. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Among the key players Tampa Bay has not re-signed are Adam Erne and Brayden Point.

How Jeff Vinik became a ‘Florida Man’ and face of this sports market

JAMES BORCHUCK  |  TimesTampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is excited for the NHL playoffs to begin and said he reads at least four hours a day.
The face of Tampa Bay sports: The Lightning owner’s name has become synonymous with one of the NHL’s most successful franchises, and the hopes and future of Tampa.

NASCAR’s ‘Watermelon Man’ gears up for races this weekend

NASCAR driver Ross Chastain looks in a bin of watermelons Monday at a Walmart in Tampa. Chastain's family grows watermelon at a farm in Punta Gorda which supplies watermelons to Walmart. Chastain will compete this weekend in Daytona. CHRIS URSO   |   Times
The eighth-generation farmer looks to smash another watermelon in victory lane this weekend in Daytona.