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STANLEY CUP TO VISIT LIGHTNING COLLEGE HOCKEY CLASSIC PARTICIPANTS TODAY

Thursday, 10.26.2006 / 12:00 AM / Bolts Report
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STANLEY CUP TO VISIT LIGHTNING COLLEGE HOCKEY CLASSIC PARTICIPANTS TODAY
The four teams competing in the inaugural Lightning College Hockey Classic this weekend at the St. Pete Times Forum will receive a special visit today when the Stanley Cup stops by their practices from 4-5 p.m. Notre Dame, Air Force, Army and the University of Alabama-Huntsville are practicing at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon today in preparation for the tournament, which takes place Friday and Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Today's practice schedule at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon for the four schools is as follows:

11:30-12:30p.m. Alabama-Huntsville
12:45-1:45 p.m. Army
3:30-4:30 p.m. Air Force
4:45-5:45 p.m. Notre Dame

The Stanley Cup will be in attendance at tonight's Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes game (7:30 p.m., Sun Sports, AM 620 WDAE) to commemorate the meeting of the previous two champions. The Cup will be present on the plaza from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and will remain at the St. Pete Times Forum for the entire evening, spending time with sponsors from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and joining fans purchasing tickets from 7:30 p.m. until the end of the first period. It will spend the second period in the AFS Club and the third in the XO VIP Club. The Cup will then join fans post-game at Shots at Channelside.

Notre Dame is the host institution for the Lightning College Hockey Classic and the Fighting Irish are scheduled to play in the event for at least three years. Notre Dame is 3-1 heading into the tournament after defeating then top-ranked Boston College, 7-1, last weekend. The previous unranked Fighting Irish were rewarded for their quick start as they moved to 11th in the nation, and three of the four CCHA Players of the Week came from South Bend.

Lightning College Hockey Classic action begins at 5 p.m. on Friday (October 27) when Air Force meets Alabama-Huntsville. At 8 p.m., Army faces off against Notre Dame, with the two winners scheduled to meet Saturday (October 28) at 8 p.m. Friday's losing teams will meet at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets for the inaugural Lightning College Hockey Classic are on sale at the MCDONALD'S BOX OFFICE at the St. Pete Times Forum and all Ticketmaster outlets including Spec's Music and FYE. To order tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 813.287.8844 or 727.898.2100. Single-game prices are: $26.75, $21.75, $16.75, $11.75. Limited VIP Front Row seats are available for $101.75 and $76.75. Special XO Club packages are available for $75.00 and include a ticket to the game, unlimited gourmet buffet, beer, wine and soda.

Two-day prices are: $43.50, $33.50, $23.50, $13.50. Limited VIP Front Row seats are available for $193.50, and $143.50. XO Club packages are available for $150.00. Prices do not include service charges. For more information please call 813.301.2500 or visit www.stpetetimesforum.com.