The Lightning's training camp will have a much different feel, with 12 players (and coach Jon Cooper) away in Toronto for the World Cup of Hockey.
But for the rest, camp opens Thursday, Sept. 22 at Amalie Arena with testing. The first day on the ice for players is Friday Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m., with three practice groups named Lecavalier, St. Louis and Richards.
There are 11 invitees, headlined by veteran defenseman James Wisniewski. The others include forwards Alexandre Alain (Gatineau – QMJHL), Lane Scheidl (Kalamazoo – ECHL) and Ryan Verbeek (Kingston – OHL), defensemen Adam Comrie (Lehigh Valley – AHL, Reading – ECHL), Sean O'Rourke (Ferris State – WCHA, Kalamazoo – ECHL), Charlie Vasaturo (Kalamazoo – ECHL), Ben Wilson (Kalamazoo – ECHL), goaltenders Mark Grametbauer (Blainville-Boisbriand – QMJHL, Gatineau – QMJHL), Joel Martin (Kalamazo – ECHL) and Nicola Riopel (Rapid City – ECHL, Norfolk – ECHL).
Most practices will be held at Amalie Arena and closed to the public. The exceptions are Fan Fest on Sept. 25 (scrimmages begin at 10:30 am), Oct. 3, 4 in Estero (Germain Arena) and Oct 10, 12 in Brandon. The first exhibition game is Sept. 27 against Carolina at Amalie Arena.