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Lightning to Host Go Green Night on March 9, 2018

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will host ‘Go Green Night’, presented by Mosaic, Waste Connections, TECO Energy and Coca-Cola, to encourage sustainability initiatives and environmental awareness when the team takes on the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, March 13 at AMALIE Arena.

The Lightning are encouraging their fans coming to the game to ride their bikes to AMALIE Arena. Fans that bike to the game can utilize Alert Today Florida’s complimentary bike valet which will be located on Ford Thunder Alley. Cyclists will be entered into a raffle to win a free bike at each of the Lightning’s next five games starting Tuesday. As part of Florida Bike Month in March, staring Tuesday fans who ride their bikes to Bolts home games this month will be entered to win a Lightning beach cruiser, custom built by Flying Fish Bikes ($1,000 retail value). They will take a photo at the bike valet and post on social media using the hashtag #BiketotheBolts to be eligible.

Coca-Cola will be rewarding fans for recycling with their “Caught Green Handed” campaign during the game. TECO Energy will be on Ford Thunder Alley showing off different electric vehicles and how they positively impact the environment. In partnership with TECO, AMALIE Arena will also be using renewable energy all evening on Go Green Night. In addition, Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s Water Restoration Certificates (WRCs) have been purchased for every game during the month of March.

WRCs offer a first-of-its-kind tool to restore unavoidable water footprint gallon-for-gallon to critically dewatered rivers and streams. As the only provider of WRCs in the country, BEF manages a growing and diverse project portfolio throughout the United States. Each WRC represents 1,000 gallons of water (the Lightning purchased 900) restored in stream from projects, helping directly restore the economic and ecological vitality of freshwater ecosystems. Water Restoration Certificates® purchased from BEF have restored water to critically dewatered rivers and streams equivalent to a total of 900,000 gallons.

As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, the National Hockey League is celebrating its third annual celebration of NHL Green, expanding from one week to a month-long campaign for the first time during the month of March. Since its launch in 2010, NHL Green has been committed to promoting green business practices across the League as well as preserving the environment, including the frozen ponds that inspired and cultivated the game more than 100 years ago.


“Saves for Trees” Launched at Canadian Ice Hockey Game

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London Knights ice hockey team. Image Source: Climate Action.

London Knights ice hockey team. Image Source: Climate Action.

The London Knights ice hockey team in Canada has recently implemented a range of sustainability initiatives, including planting trees for every save its goalkeeper makes.

The team’s first ever green event was launched over the weekend during a home game at the Budweiser Gardens in Ontario.

“Over the last year, there has been a conscious effort by our team at Budweiser Gardens to evaluate our practices and procedures and look for ways that we can implement environmentally responsible practices”, said Brian Ohl, the stadium’s general manager.

The team has worked with local environmental groups to launch the ‘Saves for Trees’ programme at the game. In total, the Knights goalkeeper made 44 saves during Saturday’s match against rivals the Sudbury Wolves. These trees will contribute to the ‘Million Tree Challenge’, a community project designed to improve the city’s air quality and environment.

The official game sponsor, Downtown London, has agreed to match the total and will plant an equal number of trees. Fans have also been encouraged to join the initiative by sponsoring a tree.

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Declaration of Principles Praised in Tampa

By Tom Gulitti, NHL

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In September, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association unveiled hockey’s Declaration of Principles, developed to create the best possible family hockey experience, and was adopted by 17 hockey organizations globally.

The next step in advancing those principles came Friday at the 2018 NHL All-Star Declaration of Principles Summit at the Westin Tampa Waterside, which kicked off 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa.

Emceed by NHL Network analyst and former NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes, the summit featured an array of experts who shared their insights on how the principles can be applied to improving the athletes’ and fans’ experiences in hockey and in all sports. Keynote speakers at the summit, attended by 300 invited guests from hockey organizations across the United States and Canada, included WWE personality Titus O’Neil, former NHL player and coach Ted Nolan and author, educator and activist Tony Porter.

“Our hope is today these conversations can set an example, they can inform, they can enlighten and they can produce new ideas for growing our game and new ways to interact and develop, perhaps even create new audiences, and now especially, and hopefully, support our core belief that hockey is for everyone,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik expressed hope the summit can be continued at future All-Star Weekends. The 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition is at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports), and the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game is Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports)

“This morning marks one of those opportunities to have conversations about athletes’ involvement in the community, increasing diversity of hockey at all levels and life skill development,” Vinik said. “These are all important conversations that should happen at all levels of society, from business leaders to politicians and down to the grassroots level.”

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