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Tampa Bay Lightning announce training camp roster, partial schedule

Posted Sep 6, 2013 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 05:36 PM


TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will open the franchise’s 21st training camp on Wednesday, September 11 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the team announced today.  The team also announced the additional 38 players who will attend, along with those currently participating in the Coral Springs Rookie Tournament.

The camp roster includes a number of familiar faces, including superstars Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos, as well as Victor Hedman, Ryan Malone, Teddy Purcell, Matt Carle and more.  Key offseason acquisition Valtteri Filppula will make his Bolts debut and goaltender Ben Bishop, acquired at last season’s trade deadline, will be attending his first Lightning camp.  The Tampa Bay roster is also highlighted by a number of young players expected to compete for regular season positions, including last season’s AHL Most Valuable Player, Tyler Johnson, Brett Connolly, Radko Gudas, Mark Barberio, Richard Panik and Ondrej Palat to name a few.

Of those players invited to camp and not participating in Coral Springs, there are 20 forwards, 14 defensemen and four goaltenders.  All of those players but three, Even Rankin, Drew Olson and Geoff Walker, spent at least some time in the Lightning system last season.  The 62 players will be broken into three practice groups. 

Players will begin medical and physical testing at 8 a.m. on September 11.  Players will be available to the media once they have completed their testing and other obligations.  They will hit the ice for the first time on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13 with the following schedule (subject to change):

• 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Practice

• 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Practice
• 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Flood
• 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Practice

• 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Practice
• 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Flood
• 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Practice

Thursday’s practice is free and open to the public. Friday is closed.  The Lightning will host Fan Fest on Saturday at the Times Forum beginning at 8 a.m.  For more information on the event visit

In addition, the Lightning will practice in Estero, Florida at Germain Arena from Monday, September 23 through Saturday, September 28.  Those practices are also free and open to the public.  Tampa Bay will play a preseason game at Germain against the Florida Panthers on September 26.  They will also play a preseason game in Orlando at the Amway Center on Wednesday, September 18.  Tickets to both games are now on sale. 

2013-14 Additional Training Camp Roster

No. Name                 HT WT   DOB   Born                   Acquired             2012-13 Club
10 ANGELIDIS, Mike 6-1 210 6/27/85 Woodbridge, Ontario FA (8/3/10) Syracuse (AHL
Tampa Bay (NHL)
14 CONNOLLY, Brett 6-2 181 5/2/92 Prince George, BC ’10 Draft (1st Rd) Syracuse (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
19 CROMBEEN, B.J. 6-2 210 7/10/85 Denver, Colorado Trade w/STL (7/10/12) Tampa Bay (NHL)
51 FILPPULA, Valtteri 6-0 195 3/20/84 Vantaa, Finland FA (7/5/13) Detroit (NHL)
9 JOHNSON, Tyler 5-9 175 7/29/90 Spokane, Washington FA (3/7/11) Syracuse (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
17 KILLORN, Alexander 6-2 205 9/14/89 Halifax, Nova Scotia ’07 Draft (3rd Rd) Syracuse (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
76 LABRIE, Pierre-Cedric 6-2 220 12/6/86 Baie-Comeau, Quebec FA (12/29/11) Syracuse (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
12 MALONE, Ryan 6-4 219 12/1/79 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Trade w/PIT (6/28/08) Tampa Bay (NHL)
41 NEILSON, Eric 6-1 211 8/18/84 Fredericton, New Brunswick Invitee Syracuse (AHL)
74 PALAT, Ondrej 6-0 180 3/28/91 Frydek-Mistek, Czech Rep. ’11 Draft (7th Rd) Syracuse (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
71 PANIK, Richard 6-2 215 2/7/91 Martin, Slovakia ’09 Draft (2nd Rd) Syracuse (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
43 PARADIS, Philippe 6-2 205 Dolbeau, Quebec Trade w/CHI (4/2/13) Rockford (AHL)
Toledo (ECHL)
Syracuse (AHL)
16 PURCELL, Teddy 6-2 201 9/8/85 St. John’s, Newfoundland Trade w/ LAK (3/3/10) Tampa Bay (NHL)
11 PYATT, Tom 5-11 187 2/14/87 Thunder Bay, Ontario FA (7/6/11) Tampa Bay (NHL)
75 RANKIN, Evan 6-1 180 3/28/86 Portage, Michigan Invitee Syracuse (AHL)
Rochester (AHL)
Toledo (ECHL)
26 ST. LOUIS, Martin         5-8     176     6/18/75       Laval, Quebec           FA (6/31/00)          Tampa Bay (NHL) 
91 STAMKOS, Steven 6-1 188 2/7/90 Markham, Ontario ’08 Draft (1st Rd) Tampa Bay (NHL)
44 THOMPSON, Nate 6-0 210 10/5/84 Anchorage, Alaska Waivers (2/13/10) Tampa Bay (NHL)
42 TYRELL, Dana 5-11 185 4/23/89 Airdrie, Alberta ’07 Draft (2nd Rd) Tampa Bay (NHL)
Syracuse (AHL)
58 WALKER, Geoff 6-3 225 12/9/87 Charlettetown, P.E.I. FA (7/5/13) Lake Erie (AHL)

No. Name                         HT     WT     DOB     Born                     Acquired                 2012-13 Club
3 AULIE, Keith 6-6 217 6/11/89 Rouleau, Saskatchewan Trade w/TOR (2/27/12) Syracuse (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
8 BARBERIO, Mark 6-1 200 3/23/90 Montreal, Quebec ’08 Draft (6th Rd) Syracuse (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
2 BREWER, Eric 6-3 220 4/17/79 Vernon, British Columbia Trade w/STL (2/18/11) Tampa Bay (NHL)
25 CARLE, Matt 6-0 205 9/25/84 Anchorage, Alaska FA (7/4/12) Tampa Bay (NHL)
60 COTE, JP 6-2 213 4/22/82 Charlesbourg, Quebec Invitee Syracuse (AHL)
Norfolk (AHL)
Ontario (ECHL)
7 GUDAS, Radko 6-0 205 6/5/90 Kladno, Czech Republic ’10 Draft (3rd Rd) Syracuse (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
77 HEDMAN, Victor 6-6 229 12/18/90 Ornskoldsvik, Sweden ’09 Draft (1st Rd) Tampa Bay (NHL)
24 KOROBOV, Dmitry 6-3 230 3/12/89 Novopolotsk, Belarus FA (8/2/12) Syracuse (AHL)
64 LANDRY, Charles 6-1 187 6/3/91 Napierville, Quebec FA (9/15/10) Florida (ECHL)
Syracuse (AHL)
15 LEE, Brian 6-3 205 3/26/87 Moorhead, Minnesota Trade w/OTT (2/27/12) Tampa Bay (NHL)
Syracuse (AHL)
45 MORMINA, Joey 6-6 220 6/29/82 Montreal, Quebec FA (7/3/13) Syracuse (AHL)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)
5 OHLUND, Mattias 6-4 229 9/9/76 Pitea, Sweden FA (7/1/09) Tampa Bay (NHL)
6 SALO, Sami 6-3 212 9/2/74 Turku, Finland FA (7/1/12) Tampa Bay (NHL)
55 TAORMINA, Matt 5-9 190 10/20/86 Warren, Michigan FA (7/6/12) Syracuse (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)

No. Name                       HT WT   DOB     Born                         Acquired                 2012-13 Club
30 BISHOP, Ben 6-7 214 11/21/86 Denver, Colorado Trade w/OTT (4/3/13) Ottawa (NHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
31 DESJARDINS, Cedric 6-0 192 9/30/85 Edmundston, New Brunswick Trade w/MTL (2/14/13) Hamilton (AHL)
Syracuse (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
35 HELENIUS, Riku 6-3 211 3/1/88 Palkane, Finland ’06 Draft (1st Rd) Syracuse (AHL)
39 LINDBACK, Anders 6-6 203 5/3/88 Gavle, Sweden Trade w/NSH (6/15/12) Tampa Bay (NHL)

2013-14 Training Camp Groups

Aulie, Keith                     Malone, Ryan
                                Blujus, Dylan                   Mormina, Joey
Connolly, Brett                 Namestnikov, Vladislav
Cote, Jean-Philippe             Panik, Richard
                                Desjardins, Cedrick             Richard, Tanner
                                Drouin, Jonathan               Salo, Sami
                                Erne, Adam                     St. Louis, Marty
                                Hedman, Victor                 Stamkos, Steven
                                Johnson, Tyler                 Sustr, Andrej
                                Labrie, Pierre-Cedric             Taormina, Matt
                                Lindback, Anders               Walker, Geoff



                                Angelidis, Mike                 Koekkoek, Slater
                                Barberio, Mark                 Korobov, Dmitry
                                Bishop, Ben                     Kucherov, Nikita
                                Brewer, Eric                     Nesterov, Nikita
                                Brown, JT                       Palat, Ondrej
                                Carle, Matt                     Paquette, Cedric
                                Crombeen, BJ                   Purcell, Teddy
                                Filppula, Valtteri                         Pyatt, Tom
                                Gudas, Radko                   Sergeev, Artem
                                Helenius, Riku                   Thompson, Nate
                                Killorn, Alex                     Tyrell, Dana



                                Brassard, Eric                   Milan, Dan
                                Brassart, Brady                 Neilson, Eric
                                Dotchin, Jake                   Nielsen, Carl
                                Gauthier, Danick                 Olson, Drew
                                Gudlevskis, Kristers             Paradis, Philippe
                                Ikonen, Henri                   Rankin, Evan
                                Landry, Charles                 Welychka, Brett
                                Langelier-Parent, Maxime       Witkowski, Luke


*D Mattias Ohlund and D Brian Lee not included due to injury





Tampa Bay Lightning announce prospect camp schedule/roster

Posted Jul 2, 2013 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 09:53 PM

Here is your pertinent information for the Lightning prospect camp, that opens Saturday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon and runs through Wednesday. The roster and schedule are below - yes, Jonathan Drouin will be in attendence - and one new wrinkle this season for fans who are not able to attend, the final of the 3-on-3 tournament will be streamed live on the team’s website with Dave Mishkin offering full play by play

No. Name                
97 *BRASSART, Brady
41 *CAMPBELL, Colin
27 DROUIN, Jonathan
18 ERNE, Adam
49 GAUTHIER, Danick
21 GUSEV, Nikita

28 HART, Brian
57 IKONEN, Henri
56 KUCHEROV, Nikita

36 *KUYNK, Cody
61 MULLIN, James
13 *NIELSEN, Carl

24 O’DONNELL, Brendan
54 PAQUETTE, Cedric
63 PECA, Matthew
51 RICHARD, Tanner


47 VERMIN, Joel
22 WELYCHKA, Brett

No. Name                        
72 BLUJUS, Dylan
59 DOTCHIN, Jake

52 KOEKKOEK, Slater

64 LANDRY, Charles

73 MILAN, Dan
89 NESTEROV, Nikita


50 SERGEEV, Artem

No.  Name                      
32 *BRASSARD, Eric
31 GUDLEVSKIS, Kristers


40 WILCOX, Adam
*-Camp invitee


Group A
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM:                Practice (North Rink)
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM:                    Power Skating (North Rink)
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM:                    Off-Ice

Group B
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM:                Practice (South Rink)
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM:                    Off-Ice
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM:                    Power Skating (North Rink)


8:15 AM – 9:00 AM:                    South Rink

Group B
8:00 AM – 9:45 AM:                    Power Skating (North Rink)
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM:                Off-Ice
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM:                    Practice (North Rink)

Group A
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM:                    Off-Ice
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM:                Power Skating (North Rink)
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM:                    Practice (South Rink)


8:15 AM – 9:00 AM:                    South Rink

Group A
8:00 AM – 9:45 AM:                    Power Skating (North Rink)
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM:                Off-Ice

Group B
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM:                    Off-Ice
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM:                Power Skating (North Rink)


8:45 AM – 9:30 AM:                    North Rink

Group B
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM:                  Shooting Practice (North Rink)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM:                Off-Ice

Group A
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:                  Off-Ice
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM:                Shooting Practice (North Rink)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM:                    3 on 3 Tournament (North Rink)


Group A
8:15 AM – 9:15 AM:                    Shooting Practice (North Rink)
Group B
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM:                  Shooting Practice (North Rink)

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM:                3 on 3 Tournament (North Rink)

* Schedule subject to change

New Tampa Bay Lightning commercial featuring pitchman (and Tampa resident) Anthony Sullivan

Posted Mar 8, 2013 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM

This is pretty funny stuff, featuring well known pitchman Anthony Sullivan of OxiClean fame along with Steven Stamkos, Teddy Purcell and Ryan Malone “pitching’’ a new four-game ticket plan. A well done production

Five Syracuse players coming to Tampa Bay Lightning training camp

Posted Jan 12, 2013 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Jan 12, 2013 at 02:01 AM

While the full allotment of players reporting to the start of Lightning training camp likely will not be known until late Saturday, at least some of them were told Friday night.

Following Friday’s Syracuse Crunch shootout victory against Norfolk, Syracuse general manager Julien BriseBois announced that five players were confirmed to be coming to Tampa for the start of camp on Sunday – Keith Aulie, Cory Conacher, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Matt Taormina and Mike Angelidis. All but Conacher have been playing for Tampa Bay’s top minor league affiliate in the American Hockey League during the lockout on AHL only contracts because they would have to have cleared waivers to be eligible.

With the lockout expected to be officially lifted sometime after 8 a.m. on Saturday, when the NHL Player’s Association will complete voting to ratify the deal, those four players will need to be placed on waivers in order to be eligible to remain with the Crunch if they do not earn a spot on the Lightning roster. Conacher, the reigning AHL MVP after leading the league in goals last season, is expected to make a push for one of the open spots at forward.

BriseBois told the Syracuse Post Standard that more players would be recalled to training camp following Saturday’s game but did not reveal which players would be called up.

Tampa Bay Lightning to host part-time job fair

Posted Jan 8, 2013 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Jan 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Times Forum will hold a part-time job fair on Thursday, January 10 from 5-9 p.m. on the Promenade Level of the arena.  The fair is being held to fill positions for the upcoming Lightning hockey season as well as other Times Forum events.

The Lightning and Times Forum will be hiring for a number of positions, including guest services, security, arena conversion, housekeeping, ticket office, concessions and retail to name a few.  Those interested in applying must first log on to to complete an application.  Each applicant will then be informed of their meeting time based on their interests and department manager availability. 

Those coming for interviews should park in the Forum West Lot (paved lot adjacent to the parking garage).  Applicants should enter through the Premium Entrance next to the McDonald’s Ticket Office and take the elevator to the third floor to the check-in table.