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Tampa prepares for NHL All-Stars, Gasparilla on same weekend

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As the 2016-17 National Hockey League season nears its conclusion, thoughts turned to next season and the NHL All-Star Game. Commissioner Gary Bettman was in town to join a press conference at Amalie Arena to talk about recent awarding of next year’s game to Tampa Bay. Bettman was the first to discuss the dates of All-Star Weekend, January 26-28, coinciding with Gasparilla activities. He was undaunted by any logistical challenges and the league was well aware of the Tampa tradition…

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Former Lightning Coach John Tortorella poised to make history

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Tampa Bay Lightning fans will remember John Tortorella. In 2004, he coached the Lightning to their one and only Stanley Cup, defeating the Calgary Flames, four games to three. Trailing three games to two, Tampa Bay won Game 6 on the road and Game 7 at what was then the St. Pete Times Forum. Calling the games for ABC was Sarasota resident Gary Thorne, Bill Clement and John Davidson. Davidson and Tortorella would join forces in Columbus, Ohio a decade…

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Lightning well represented in World Cup of Hockey

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For some reason, it’s difficult to get excited about the World Baseball Classic. It occurs every two years during spring training when major league players are far from performing at their peak. The World Cup of Hockey, which begins Saturday, also takes place during training camp. It is there the similarities end. The very nature of athletic competition in a contact sport like hockey versus a non-contact sport like baseball almost guarantees a better product. This will not look like…

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Lightning/Islanders series features top two picks of 2009 draft

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In the 2008-2009 National Hockey League season the two worst teams in the league were the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning. New York had only 61 points while Tampa Bay was not much better with 66. Futility becomes a positive when draft day comes along. The worst team picks first and the Stanley Cup champion picks last. If the Islanders and Lightning were going to move up in the standings, they could not make a mistake with…

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Tampa Bay hockey fans boost record wireless use during NHL postseason game

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Smartphones in hand, hockey fans have engulfed the postseason with one goal: capturing the most memorable experiences – everything from hard checks to slapshot goals. At Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning postseason series against the Detroit Red Wings, fans have pushed network traffic on AT&T to new heights. None of this is particularly surprising for the folks at AT&T, as they find that more and more consumers use a variety of mobile devices – each one in search of…

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