Developing Hockey in the Sunshine State
The Lightning support the growth and development of hockey initiatives throughout the State of Florida. Tab through for additional information regarding on-going programs or scroll down to view and register for upcoming Lightning Made camps & clinics.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and USA Hockey are proud to provide local youths with the best instruction when it comes to developing their games through a wide variety of year-round clinics and hockey camps.
With overwhelming support from both parents and local coaches, the Lightning have adopted the framework of USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM), which suggests that instruction for youth hockey players ages eight years old and younger should focus on long-term skill development and emphasize a fun playing setting more so than game competition.
Launched in January 2009, with support from the National Hockey League, the ADM is a initiative that provides local associations across the country a comprehensive blueprint for optimal athlete development that focuses on age-appropriate training utilizing long-term athlete development principles.
The gift began as an idea; a sled hockey program fostered by the Lightning Foundation that gives physically and developmentally challenged athletes the opportunity to showcasing their on-ice abilities, while instantly becoming engaged in an innovative and fun program.
Athletes sled with the assistance of two regular-sized hockey-skate blades attached to the bottom of a metal frame. Rather than one stick, they have two equipped with ice picks on the side opposite the blade which are used to propel the sleds across the rink.
Sled Hockey Practice Schedule
All practices held at Brandon Ice Sports Forum
- Sunday, December 27th 12-1:30pm
- Sunday, December 27th 12-1:30pm
- Saturday, January 9th 9:15am-10:15am
- Saturday, January 23rd 3pm-4pm
- Sunday, February 7th 10:15-11:45am
- Sunday, February 21st 11:45-1:15pm
- Sunday, March 6th 11:45-1:15pm
- Sunday, March 20th 11:45-1:15pm
- Sunday, April 3rd 11:45-1:15pm
For more information about Sled Hockey, email Kristen Bowness.
The Lightning High School Hockey League (LHSHL) will operate its inaugural season in 2015-2016. The LHSHL was originally known as The Florida High School Hockey Association (FHSHA). In April 2015, the FHSHA member teams voted to turn over control of the league to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Effective May 1, 2015, the FHSHA officially turned over all operating and governing control to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the LHSHL was formed. The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning High School Hockey League are dedicated to providing student athletes the best opportunities to train and succeed at the highest possible level.
Lightning Made Hockey has unveiled a new street hockey initiative aimed at getting sticks in the hands of children and creating a system where time is spent teaching hockey to youth in grade three through six in a year round effort to grow hockey awareness and appreciation.
This program involves a two-fold approach: (1) Stick in Hands - the Lightning will equip 100,000 children with street hockey sticks and balls; (2) Teach The Teachers – the Lightning will equip 500 elementary physical education teachers with the basics of street hockey and equip each school with a complete set of street hockey.
For more information and to apply for your school to be considered click here
Community Hockey Offerings
LIGHTNING MADE CLINICS
Lightning Made Clinics take place year-round, both at Amalie Arena and at various rink partner locations. Some clinics are offered free of charge, while others require a nominal fee. On-ice instructors for Lightning Made clinics are Tampa Bay Lightning Alumni, with special VIP guests, such as Team U.S.A. Olympian Anne Schleper.
RINK OF DREAMS
The Tampa Bay Lightning offer hockey fans an opportunity of a lifetime to skate on the ice that their heroes play on every night. Hockey players and teams can dress in the locker rooms at Amalie Arena, play a game on the ice prior to a Lightning game and have a full reenactment of what it would be like to play in a real NHL game.
LIGHTNING FANTASY CAMP
Lightning Fantasy Camp is a full four day NHL experience for ages 18 and up, giving you a taste what it is like to play in the NHL. This camp includes on ice training and game with alumni, full uniform with socks, jerseys and shells, dri-fit shirt, duffle bag, breakfast and lunch at camp, and a ticket to a Lightning home game with beverage and food included!
Lightning University is a community initiative aimed at educating Bay area residents on the sport of hockey.
LIGHTNING MADE COACHES CLINIC
The free Lightning Made Coaches Clinic program is offered to all Bay-area youth coaches, giving them insight as to the world of an NHL coach. Each session centers a different topic of discussion. Check back for future topics, dates and to register!