TAMPA — The Lightning are bringing back a link to their championship past.
Tampa Bay on Wednesday hired former general manager Jay Feaster to serve as executive director of community hockey development.
Feaster served as Lightning GM when Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup in 2004.
The announcement is expected to be made official Monday when he begins his new role, which will entail working with youth players and leagues to help grow the game at the grass-roots level in the Tampa Bay area.
Feaster was hired from Hershey in the American Hockey League by Jacques Demers to serve as assistant general manager, a role he served from 1998-2002.
Feaster was promoted to general manager when Rick Dudley was fired before the end of the 2001-02 season and held the position with Tampa Bay until after the 2007-08 season, when he was fired under new owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.
In 2010, Feaster was hired as assistant general manager in Calgary — the team Tampa Bay beat to win the Cup — under GM Darryl Sutter and took over the role on an interim basis when Sutter resigned on Dec. 10, 2010, before being officially promoted to the GM position on May 18, 2011.
Feaster ran the Flames until Dec. 12, 2013, when he was fired by Brian Burke, who took over as team president of hockey operations in September 2013.
PREDATORS: The agent for Olli Jokinen said the veteran center signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with Nashville.
The 35-year-old Jokinen had 18 goals and 25 assists in 82 games last season for the Winnipeg Jets.
DEVILS: The team re-signed two of its free agents, bringing back fourth-line linemates Steve Bernier and Stephen Gionta.
Information for The Associated Press was used in this report.