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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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Cross Bay Ferry sees strong ridership on first weekend

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Ticket sales for the first weekend of service of the Cross Bay Ferry were strong, with more than 70 percent of the seats sold from Friday night through Sunday evening. Nearly half the one-way trips sold at least 90 percent of the available inventory. The Cross-Bay Ferry ran seven roundtrips over the weekend. “The results are beyond our expectations, and the excitement we’re seeing for the ferry across Tampa Bay is translating into real ticket sales,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.27.16 – Lighting strikes no more

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The somewhat improbable Tampa Bay Lightning run for a second straight appearance in the Stanley Cup ended last night around 11 p.m. when they lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1. The Lightning were pretty thoroughly outplayed if you go by shots-on-goal, but the last eight minutes or so were absolutely nail-biting. There’s a reason why the National Hockey League is considered a distant fourth when it comes to our major sports leagues in…

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Confident Lightning feel Penguins haven’t see their best

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are back home after splitting the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, feeling good about themselves, though hardly satisfied. “We’ve got to play better to win this series, there’s no doubt,” coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday, adding the team has yet to “put our best foot forward” against the Pittsburgh Penguins. “I think now that we’ve played them two times, we know a little bit more what to expect,” Cooper added. “But I know…

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Tampa poised to host NCAA Frozen Four hockey finals over next 3 days

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The four university hockey teams that will compete for the NCAA national hockey championship this weekend arrived in Tampa on Tuesday. Boston College, Quinnipiac, Denver and North Dakota participated in practice sessions at the Amalie Arena on Wednesday, a day before the semi-finals take place. It’s the second time the region has hosted the college hockey championships in the past five years. “For our community to be the first-ever host in the Southeast in 2012 was truly monumental,” said Rob…

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Panthers/Lightning playoff matchup would ignite rivalry

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have what should be a natural geographic rival in the Florida Panthers. They are both in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Shouldn’t this be a rivalry where checking opponents into the bench or five-minute fighting majors are part of the fabric of each game? Yes, but it isn’t yet. This could, and should change. The two teams have played each other 118 times since their first meeting in the 1993-94 season. None of those…

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Trade show for students aims to boost interest in skilled worker careers

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More and more educators, policymakers and politicians are recognizing and trumpeting the idea that not all students are college material. That’s led to an outpouring of support for vocational schools and early training in non-college careers. For kids who fit that mold, the Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter along with Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Amalie Arena are hosting the inaugural Build Tampa Bay trade show and job fair this February 2 at Amalie…

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