Vinik Sports Group, LLC, parent company of the Tampa Bay Lightning, announced today that DEX Imaging and Tampa General Hospital will become the team’s helmet decal partners for the 2020-21 season. This marks the first time in Lightning team history that the National Hockey League has approved partner branding on player helmets. Tampa General Hospital’s iconic TGH mark will adorn the Lightning’s white away helmets as well as the team’s practice helmets while the DEX Imaging mark will be worn on the helmets for home games featuring the team’s different blue, black and reverse retro jerseys. The team’s first game is tomorrow, Wednesday, January 13, vs. the Chicago Blackhawks at 8:00 p.m., televised nationally on NBCSN.
“We’d like to thank both DEX Imaging and Tampa General Hospital for their continued support of the Tampa Bay Lightning and AMALIE Arena,” said Steve Griggs, Chief Executive Officer of Vinik Sports Group. “We could not be more pleased to showcase the TGH and DEX brands on our team helmets as we compete to bring the Stanley Cup back to Tampa Bay in the 2020-21 season. We thank DEX, TGH and their respective leadership teams for further entrusting us with the companies’ names and brands.”
Both DEX Imaging and Tampa General Hospital are long standing partners of the team. In agreeing to the helmet sponsorships, each has chosen to deepen its relationship with the organization. The respective 2.25” x 3.75” decals will be positioned on both the left and right sides of the team helmets. In addition to regular season games, the decals will be worn for all practices and any potential 2021 playoff games.
More details related to the helmet decal partnerships between DEX Imaging and Tampa General Hospital and Vinik Sports Group/ Lightning will be announced during the 2020-21 season.
About DEX Imaging:
DEX imaging was founded in 2002 and is a document imaging dealer based here in Tampa, FL. DEX Imaging stays ahead by focusing on core values, such as customer service, community growth and sustainability, and understanding how to benefit the end user. One of the most important objectives of DEX Imaging is to give back to the community and they do so by donating one third of the company’s profits to charities and educational programs within the markets where DEX does business. Find more information about DEX Imaging is available at www.deximaging.com/.
About Tampa General Hospital:
Tampa General Hospital, a 1006-bed non-profit academic medical center, is one of the largest hospitals in America and delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 Best Hospitals, and one of the top 4 hospitals in Florida, with five specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.
With five medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center, and its 32-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of Florida. It also is home to the Jennifer Leigh Muma 82-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center.
About Vinik Sports Group and the Tampa Bay Lightning:
An entity controlled by Jeff Vinik purchased the Tampa Bay Lightning and the leasehold rights to the downtown Tampa arena in which the team plays its games in March 2010. Under Vinik’s ownership, the Lightning have competed in National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference Finals five times and the Stanley Cup Final twice, culminating with a Stanley Cup Championship in 2020. Named AMALIE Arena in September 2014, the facility is recognized as one of the busiest venues in North America, recently becoming the temporary home of the National Basketball Association’s Toronto Raptors for the 2020-21 regular season. The Lightning begin its defense of the Stanley Cup on January 13, 2021 as the NHL starts its season.
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