Even though the NHL is on strike, you can still see a hockey game today at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. This game, however, is for charity.
The Tampa Bay Lightning is hosting the Battle of the Badges. It's a charity hockey game featuring Tampa Police, Tampa Fire, Bolt Alumni and local personalities. The event is benefiting the Gold Shield Foundation, which raises money for the families of fallen law enforcement.
The fun starts at 3 p.m. with a used equipment sale on the promenade patio outside Gate A. Fans and hockey players can buy used game items at a discounted price.
At 3:30 p.m. Lightning alumni and personalities will sign autographs on the promenade outside Gate B.
At 4 p.m. The doors to the Forum will open for a youth hockey game. The big Battle of the Badges game starts at 5 p.m.
The event is free but a $5 donation is suggested.
Dave Andreychuck, former player and VP of fans and business development for the Lightning says, "it is an unbelievable honor to share the ice again with these heroes from our local police and fire departments."
Lightning personalities playing for Team Police include Tampa Bay Founder and Hockey Hall-of-Famer Phil Esposito, Stanley Cup captain Dave Andreychuk, alumni Chris Dingman, assistant coach Martin Raymond, video coach Nigel Kirwan and assistant equipment manager Clay Roffer. Putting skates for Team Fire will be alumni Jassen Cullimore and Stan Neckar, assistant coach Dan Lacroix, head athletic trainer Tom Mulligan and assistant equipment manager Rob Kennedy.
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