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Things to do: Nine ways to celebrate ‘Hockey Week in Tampa Bay’

The Lightning are hosting the nine-day event Feb. 9-17 in association with Hockey Week Across America. Here’s how to participate.
Players with the Winthrop and Port Tampa middle schools compete last February February during a street hockey tournament as part of Hockey Day in Tampa Bay community event at Amalie Arena in Tampa. This year's "Hockey Week" event runs Feb. 9-17.
Players with the Winthrop and Port Tampa middle schools compete last February February during a street hockey tournament as part of Hockey Day in Tampa Bay community event at Amalie Arena in Tampa. This year's "Hockey Week" event runs Feb. 9-17. [ LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Jan. 29, 2020
Updated Jan. 29, 2020

Attend Hockey Day in Tampa Bay

The celebration starts with a full day of hockey events, officially dubbed Hockey Day in Tampa Bay, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 9 at Amalie Arena with a girls hockey game. A youth hockey game between Hockey Hall-of-Famer and former Lightning superstar Martin St. Louis’ team the Junior Rangers and Florida Alliance follows inside Amalie Arena.

Other Feb. 9 events:

* A Lightning Alumni skills competition featuring St. Louis and Lightning legend Vincent Lecavalier;

* A sled hockey game with Lightning alumni and the NHL/NHLPA Learn to Play Jamboree;

* An e-sports NHL 20 tournament starting at 10 a.m.

* The event is expected to wrap up at 9 p.m. after the Lightning High School Hockey League championship game.

Tickets: $10 in advance or the day of through ticketmaster.com. All ticket proceeds will be donated to “Because We Love the Game” to support disabled hockey programs in the state of Florida.

Parking: Available at the Pam Iorio and Port Garages, as well as the Pink, Teal and Garrison lots for $5.

Food and beverages: On sale at section 112 beginning at 8 a.m. and section 109 beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Children from the Boys and Girls Club play ball hockey inside The Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Club at Winston Park in 2018. The Lightning will open three new rinks during Hockey Week in Tampa Bay in early February.
Children from the Boys and Girls Club play ball hockey inside The Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Club at Winston Park in 2018. The Lightning will open three new rinks during Hockey Week in Tampa Bay in early February. [ SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times (2018) ]

Celebrate the grand opening of Ruskin rink

Throughout the celebration, the Lightning will open three community ball hockey rinks as part of the Connect the Thunder program. The first will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Ruskin Parks & Recreation Center, 901 6th St. SE in Ruskin. The event will include three clinics and end with a Lightning watch party for the Lightning-Blue Jackets at 7:30 p.m. from Columbus.

‘Try Ice Hockey for Free’

Children ages 4-12 are invited to try ice hockey for free from 5:10 to 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Xtra Ice, 6910 Asphalt Ave., Tampa. Spots are limited so register at LightningMadeHockey.com/hwit.

Mitchell High School's hockey team won a 2019 state championship.
Mitchell High School's hockey team won a 2019 state championship.

Attend the High School Hockey Showcase

The Lightning High School Hockey League will host a showcase game Wednesday, Feb, 12 for all teams from the league heading to the state championships. Teams and a location will be determined a week prior.

Visit an open house at Lightning Made Training Center

On Thursday, February 13, the Lightning’s Community Hockey team will host an open house starting at 10 a.m. at the Lightning Made Training Center, located at 6910 Asphalt Ave. in Tampa. The event will include a pickleball tournament, youth hockey clinics and more, followed by a Lightning watch party for the 7 p.m. home game against the Oilers and an open rink.

Attend Rowlett Park Rink grand opening

The 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. event Friday, Feb. 14 at Rowlett Park, 2401 E. Yukon St., Tampa, will include a youth ball hockey clinic. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and current and former Lightning players will attend.

Watch local college on Feb. 15

Here’s the schedule of collegiate hockey games on that day:

Florida State vs. the University of Tampa, 4 p.m., Clearwater Ice Arena, 13940 Icot Boulevard, Clearwater.

The University of Miami vs. USF, 8 p.m., Advent Health Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Boulevard, Wesley Chapel.

In this 2016 file photo, students at Ferrell Girls Preparatory Academy play hockey in the gym using a soft foam ball as part of a Tampa Bay Lightning clinic.
In this 2016 file photo, students at Ferrell Girls Preparatory Academy play hockey in the gym using a soft foam ball as part of a Tampa Bay Lightning clinic.

See the girls hockey 3-on-3 series

At 6:10 p.m Sunday, Feb. 16, girls from teams in the Tampa Bay area will compete in a 3-on-3 scrimmage at Xtra Ice, 6910 Asphalt Ave, Tampa. The objective is for the girls to provide extra practice time and give the girls an opportunity to meet and play with other girl hockey players.

Celebrate Presidents’ Day with another rink grand opening

On Monday, Feb. 17, the grand opening of Sadie Park Rink at Brandon Park, 502 E. Sadie St., Brandon, will start with an 8:15 a.m. press conference, followed by a ball hockey tournament and playoffs. There will be a live DJ, face painter and balloon artist for fans to enjoy through 3 p.m.