Apr 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26), center Steven Stamkos (91), right wing Teddy Purcell (16) and, defenseman Radko Gudas (75) and defenseman Keith Aulie (3) against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fan Fest With New Fan Favorites

Hockey. Is. Back. That’s right hockey fans, get excited. Hockey season is just around the corner and the Tampa Bay Lightning are prepping for the season. The first big announcement of the year has been sent out by the team and it’s all about Fan Fest and training camp. For the second time in 2013, the Bolts are hosting a Fan Fest at the Tampa Bay Times Forum that is open to all Lightning fans. Doors for Fan Fest open at 8 a.m. but if you have been to Fan Fest before, you know you will want to get there much earlier to be one of the first in line. Fans have the opportunity to watch players practice, the Battle of the Badges charity game, and even get autographs from their favorite Lightning players. Those who show up to fan fest also have the first opportunity to purchase Lightning single game tickets in the box office.

All Lightning players will be attending fan fest and participating in the live player practice. The team will be split up into three groups that will practice all at separate times. It is assumed that it will be the same groupings that fans can see at training camp in Estero September 23rd-28th. Fans will get to see some of their favorite players like Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos, as well as some new faces in the first round draft pick Jonathan Drouin and new acquisition Valtteri Filppula. Players will sign autographs during Fan Fest but a select few will only be available to the season ticket members. You can find all of the information for Fan Fest and training camp in the two links below.

Training Camp: http://lightning.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=681553

Fan Fest: http://lightning.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=681553

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