Tampa Bay Junior Lightning Program
The Tampa Bay Junior Lightning program will host the Thanksgiving On The Beach Hockey Tournament from Friday, Nov. 29, to Sunday, Dec. 1, is a USA Hockey Sanctioned Hockey Tournament for AA, A, BB, B and AE/MD select teams at various age levels from under 10 to under 18. Squirt/Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget and U18 teams are included, and Minor Divisions are available. Games will be played at Clearwater Ice Arena and Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar.
Approximately 50 teams from throughout North America are expected to attend the tournament. All teams will be guaranteed four games, and there will be Player of the Game awards for both teams in each game. First Place Teams receive awards, team trophy and winning team picture on the www.weekendhockey.com website; second Place Teams receive awards.
Teams that arrive early will have an opportunity to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning play the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues on Wednesday or play Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Teams that purchase Lightning Tickets will have an opportunity to have a tournament game at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Junior Lightning is dedicated to furthering youth hockey in the Tampa Bay area. The programs goals are to organize, teach and develop the amateur sport of ice hockey and to develop good sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, respect of authority and self-discipline. As a 501c (3) charity, organizers solicit donations from the public to help defray the costs to individual members and cover expenses incurred with the operation of the youth hockey program. For more information on this Thanksgiving weekend tournament, visit weekendhockey.com.