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Lightning to play two in Lakeland

The Tampa Bay Lightning will play two of its 1993 preseason games at the Lakeland Civic Center.

The Lightning will play its first preseason game against its new rival, the Florida Panthers, on Sept. 16 and will face the St. Louis Blues in the Polk County city Sept. 17. Both games will be at 7:30 p.m.

"It should provide the start of a great rivalry," Lightning general manager Phil Esposito said.

Tickets will cost $14.50 and $19.50 and go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at the Lakeland Civic Center and all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Lightning opens training camp Sept. 10, also at the Lakeland Civic Center. Tampa Bay went 6-2-1 in the 1992 preseason and 23-54-7 in its first season.

Ysebaert dealt to Jets

DETROIT _ The Red Wings traded right wing Paul Ysebaert to Winnipeg for collegiate defenseman Aaron Ward and future considerations, Detroit officials said Friday.

Ysebaert, 27, who joined the Wings in a 1990 trade from New Jersey, had 34 goals and 28 assists in 80 games this season. The 27-year-old is a native of Sarnia, Ontario.

Ward, 20, the Jets' fourth-round pick in the 1993 entry draft, has played the past three seasons at Michigan.

Kings: The team held final meetings, and Wayne Gretzky met with the coaching staff and other players. Gretzky, who hinted at retirement after Los Angeles' final-round Stanley Cup loss to Montreal, departed before the media arrived at the Forum.

"I tried to remind him of how much joy he has playing and how much joy we have being around him," teammate Marty McSorley said of the discussion with Gretzky. "I tried to remind him of how much he missed hockey and wanted to play when he was injured."

Said Tony Granato: "I'm scared at the thought some day I'll be in the dressing room and I'll never see him again in here."

Ducks: Employees at the Anaheim Arena, home of the expansion Mighty Ducks, can forget wearing eyeliner, tattoos and facial hair. They also must wear underwear and cannot have shaved heads, according to an employee handbook issue by the arena. Walt Disney Co., owner of the Mighty Ducks, has similar policies.

_ Staff writer Cammy Clark contributed to this report.