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Lightning, Photo voltaic Bears signal two-year affiliation extension

TAMPA / ORLANDO, FLA — The Tampa Bay Lightning have prolonged its ECHL affiliation settlement with the Orlando Photo voltaic Bears, vice chairman and common supervisor Julien BriseBois introduced on Monday. The Photo voltaic Bears will proceed to function the “AA” affiliate for the Lightning over the following two seasons. The defending back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions may also play a preseason sport towards the Florida Panthers on the AdventHealth Rink at Amway Heart on Tuesday, October 5. Tickets for the sport will go on sale to most people at a later date.

“We’re extraordinarily grateful for our affiliation with the Photo voltaic Bears,” BriseBois stated. “Chris Heller, Drake Berehowsky and the complete group present a world class atmosphere for our gamers to develop in a profitable tradition whereas additionally rising the sport within the Sunshine State. The Lightning stay up for persevering with our relationship with the Photo voltaic Bears for an additional two years.”

“We’re thrilled to proceed our partnership with the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning,” Photo voltaic Bears president Chris Heller stated. “Julien BriseBois and his employees have been first-class companions, and we stay up for this affiliation serving to us deliver our first Kelly Cup title to Orlando, together with persevering with to assist within the progress of hockey all through Central Florida.”

Tickets for the Lightning’s preseason sport at Amway Heart will go on sale to most people at a date to be introduced. Unique pre-sales to Lightning, Photo voltaic Bears and Orlando Magic Season Ticket Members, in addition to Magic Premium members might be provided.

The Bolts’ return to Orlando would be the crew’s fourth exhibition sport at Amway Heart, house of the Photo voltaic Bears and the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and their eighth look in Orlando general. Tampa Bay’s most up-to-date sport on the AdventHealth Rink at Amway Heart was September 27, 2018, a 6-2 win over the Panthers.

Tampa Bay entered into its present affiliation with Orlando in the beginning of the 2018-19 season. That season culminated in a second consecutive journey to the second spherical of the Kelly Cup Playoffs for Orlando, and its longest postseason run to this point. For the reason that begin of the affiliation, 22 gamers have appeared with each the Photo voltaic Bears and the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay’s American Hockey League affiliate, and Orlando has posted a 104-83-16-3 (.551) document.

Previous to that the Lightning held ECHL affiliations with the Adirondack Thunder for the 2017-18 season, the Kalamazoo Wings for 2016-17, and the Florida Everblades from 2010-2013. The Lightning’s very first ECHL affiliate was the Louisville Icehawks through the Bolts’ inaugural season in 1992-93.

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