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Lightning to open Rookie Camp Sept. 9 in Brandon

Prospects to Participate in Coral Springs Tournament

Tuesday, 08.23.2011 / 12:52 PM / Bolts Report
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Lightning to open Rookie Camp Sept. 9 in Brandon

The Tampa Bay Lightning will open their 2011 Rookie Camp with fitness testing and physicals at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum on Friday, September 9, the team announced today. The prospects will hit the ice in Brandon the following day, Saturday, September 10.

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For the first time in franchise history the Lightning prospects will travel to the Saveology.com Iceplex in Coral Springs, Florida for a three-team rookie tournament which begins Sunday, September 11. The tournament will also feature prospects from the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators. The camp and tournament schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, Sept. 9 – Fitness testing and physicals (Brandon Ice Sports Forum), Time TBA
  • Saturday, Sept. 10 – Practice (Brandon Ice Sports Forum), Time TBA
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 – Morning Skate (Brandon Ice Sports Forum), Time TBA
  • Tampa Bay vs. Florida at 6 p.m. (Saveology.com Iceplex)
  • Monday, Sept. 12 – Tampa Bay vs. Nashville at 6 p.m. (Saveology.com Iceplex)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13 – Practice (Saveology.com Iceplex), Time TBA
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14 – Tampa Bay vs. Florida at Noon (Saveology.com Iceplex)

The Lightning have invited 21 players to camp, including 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. Notable attendees include former first-round picks Carter Ashton, Brett Connolly and Vladislav Namestnikov, as well as highly-touted prospects Richard Panik, James Wright, Mark Barberio and Radko Gudas. In all, eight of the Lightning’s prospects played in the American Hockey League last season, while Wright was the only one to see any NHL action.

Tickets for the Lightning’s preseason games against the St. Louis Blues at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando on September 21 and against the Panthers at the St. Pete Times Forum on September 23 are now on sale. For more information, or to purchase, visit tampabaylightning.com, ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000. For the best value fans are encouraged to purchase a Lightning ticket package. For more information call 813.301.6600.


2011 Tampa Bay Lightning Rookie Tournament Roster
Forwards (12)
Name Acquired 2010-11 Club
Carter Ashton ’09 Draft (1st Rd) Regina (WHL)
Tri-City (WHL)
Norfolk (AHL)
Cory Conacher Invitee Canisius College (AHA)
Rochester (AHL)
Cincinnati (ECHL)
Milwaukee (AHL)
Brett Connolly ’10 Draft (1st Rd) Prince George (WHL)
Gabriel Desjardins Invitee Halifax (QMJHL)
Philip-Michael Devos Invitee Victoriaville (QMJHL)
Gatineau (QMJHL)
Seth Griffith Invitee London (OHL)
Alex Hutchings ’09 Draft (4th Rd) Norfolk (AHL)
Florida (ECHL)
Tyler Johnson Free Agent (3/7/11) Spokane (WHL)
Vladislav Namestnikov ’11 Draft (1st Rd) London (OHL)
Ondrej Palat ’11 Draft (7th Rd) Drummondville (QMJHL)
Guelph (OHL)
Richard Panik ’09 Draft (2nd Rd) Belleville (OHL)
James Wright ’08 Draft (4th Rd) Norfolk (AHL)
Tampa Bay (NHL)

Defensemen (7)
Name Acquired 2010-11 Club
Mark Barberio ’08 Draft (6th Rd) Norfolk (AHL)
Jeff Dimmen Invitee U. of Maine (H-East)
Portland (AHL)
Radko Gudas ’10 Draft (3rd Rd) Norfolk (AHL)
Adam Janosik ’10 Draft (3rd Rd) Gatineau (QMJHL)
Charles Landry Free Agent (9/15/10) Montreal (QMJHL)
Norfolk (AHL)
Daniel Millan Invitee Moncton (QMJHL)
Geoffrey Schemitsch ’10 Draft (4th Rd) Owen Sound (OHL)

Goaltenders (2)
Name Acquired 2010-11 Club
Jaroslav Janus ’09 Draft (6th Rd) Florida (ECHL)
Norfolk (AHL)
Pat Nagle Free Agent (3/22/11) Ferris State (CCHA)