In addition to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s announcement earlier today that training camp, set to start at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum on September 21st was postponed, the NHL announced today that it was canceling a block of preseason games. We knew that this would happen, but somehow hearing it said officially just adds salt to the wound.
The lost Lightning games include two home games. Wednesday, September 26 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and Thursday, September 27 at Amway Center in Orlando. (The Orlando game was considered a home game.) The two away games were in St. Louis, Missouri on September 28 and Raleigh, North Carolina on September 30.
The news broke just prior to the Lightning Hockey Radio Show tonight. FOX News 13 was on location to catch reactions from fans. They interviewed a couple of fans about their thoughts on the lockout. One explained that hockey is more than just a game, and how this team (the Lightning) means so much to so many people. My son, Joshua Reynolds, was also interviewed. He is extremely disappointed as this will be his first year as a season ticket member, but he feels that they will be able to save the season. Or at least most of it. The way I look at it is if they can get it cleared by the season’s regular start, which is what several are predicting, than great. If they can’t… well… then they can’t. Take this time to fix it the right way so this won’t have to happen again when it expires. My husband and I are taking a quote from Coach Boucher, we refuse to join the fellowship of the miserable. I remain optimistic. Yes, I want hockey and I want it now. But we don’t always get what we want. Sometimes things take longer to be done the right way. (However they have to at least be talking to make it right.)
Fans who have already purchased individual game tickets need to go to the point of sale to get refund information. Season Ticket Members will have multiple refund options through its Loyalty and Rewards Program. We will be receiving that information soon.
I know it’s hard. But right now, patience is the key to keeping sane.