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Tampa Bay Lightning

LIGHTNING RE-ASSIGN D GERARD DICAIRE TO SPRINGFIELD

Wednesday, 09.28.2005 / 12:00 AM / Bolts Report
Tampa Bay Lightning
DEFENSEMAN CLEARED TO PLAY BY TEAM DOCTORS

The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning have re-assigned defenseman Gerard Dicaire to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced today.

The 6-foot-1, 219-pound blue liner missed the majority of on-ice workouts during training camp after he was diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope following the first day of testing. Dicaire has been cleared to play by team internist Dr. Sam Watkins and has also been cleared by a cardiologist and neurologist that he was referred to. He will now join the Falcons at their training camp which opened on Monday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dicaire was drafted by the Lightning in the fifth round, 162nd overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He has spent the last two seasons in AHL, including last season with Springfield. In his last two seasons, including one with Utah, he has played in 100 games and scored five goals while adding 11 assists with 56 penalty minutes.

The Lightning conclude their home preseason schedule on Friday as they host opening-night opponent Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Fans can receive a free ticket to the game with the donation of $20 toward Hurricane Katrina relief. For more information fans can skate to www.tampabaylightning.com or call 813.301.6600.