The Tampa Bay Lightning open their first training camp under coach Jon Cooper today, with players reporting for physicals and testing.
The team will hit the ice for the first time Thursday at the Forum, with practices open to the public at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Players are broken into groups, with the top players in the two main sessions (rosters below). Group Bowness goes from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Group Gwozdecky from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Group Thomas practices from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Friday’s practices are closed to the public.
Fan Fest is at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Forum, with open practices, a charity game featuring firefighters and police officers, and merchandise discounts. Player groups hit the ice at 8:30 and 10 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. During the charity game, Lightning players from the first two sessions will sign autographs on the arena concourse beginning at 11:45 a.m. The third group will sign from 2:15 to 3 p.m.
Sunday is an off day, and practices at the Forum from Monday to Sept. 19 are closed to the public.
Tampa Bay opens the preseason against St. Louis on Sept. 18 at Amway Arena in Orlando, the first of four games on consecutive nights. They Lightning play Nashville at the Forum on Sept. 19, at St. Louis on Sept. 20 and against Florida at the Forum on Sept. 21.
With a concert at the Forum on Sept. 20, camp that day will be at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, with a pregame skate for players heading to St. Louis from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Group Thomas hits the ice from 10 to 11 a.m. and Group Bowness from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Brandon sessions are open to the public.
Sept. 22 is a day off, and from Sept. 23 to 28, camp moves to the Germain Arena in Estero, south of Fort Myers. The Lightning play Florida at Germain Arena on Sept. 26 and end the preseason at Florida on Sept. 28.
Cooper was promoted to Lightning head coach March 25, going 4-8-3 after the firing of Guy Boucher.
Cooper was hired by Tampa Bay to coach its AHL affiliates, leading Norfolk to the Calder Cup in 2011-12 and Syracuse to a league-best 39-18-8 mark last season before taking over the Lightning.
The Lightning open the regular season at Boston on Oct. 3.
Group Bowness (22)
Defensemen: Keith Aulie, Dylan Blujus, J-P Cote, Victor Hedman, Joey Mormina, Sami Salo, Andrej Sustr, Matt Taormina.
Forwards: Brett Connolly, Jonathan Drouin, Adam Erne, Tyler Johnson, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Ryan Malone, Vladislav Namestnikov, Richard Panik, Tanner Richard, Marty St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, Geoff Walker
Goaltenders: Cedrick Desjardins, Anders Lindback
Group Gwozdecky (22)
Defensemen: Mark Barberio, Eric Brewer, Matt Carle, Radko Gudas, Slater Koekkoek, Dmitry Korobov, Nikita Nesterov, Artem Sergeez
Forwards: Mike Angelidis, J.T. Brown, B.J. Crombeen, Valtteri Filppula, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Cedric Paquette, Teddy Purcell, Tom Pyatt, Nate Thompson, Dana Tyrell
Goaltenders: Ben Bishop, Riku Helenius
Group Thomas (16)
Forwards: Brady Brassart, Danick Gauthier, Henri Ikonen, Maxime Langelier-Parent, Eric Neilson, Philippe Paradis, Evan Rankin, Brett Welychka, Luke Witkowski.
Defensemen: Jake Dotchin, Charles Landry, Dan Milan, Carl Nielsen, Drew Olson,
Goaltenders: Eric Brassard, Kristers Gudlevskis.