Pasco County adding two street hockey rinks

Pasco County and the Lightning Foundation have partnered on a project that will result in two street hockey rinks in the county, including one in Wesley Chapel. The Pasco County Commission approved the agreement at its Jan. 7 meeting. As part of the deal, the county will spend an estimated $240,000 to build concrete pads and associated infrastructure, which will be turned into street hockey … [Read more...]

Figure skating heats up in Wesley Chapel

As Tampa Bay becomes synonymous with hockey this time of year, another ice-based sport is heating up in the region. For the first time, the Florida Sports Foundation selected Pasco County to be the host community for the annual Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championships. The competition took place at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, from May 18 through May 20. The … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Lightning launches regional partnership

A $6 million initiative to expand the game of hockey regionally in Tampa Bay is beginning to play out in local schools. The Tampa Bay Lightning, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association are collaborating on a five-year program that aims to develop hockey players and provide life skills lessons to area youth. As part of that initiative, schools throughout … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel complex to help ‘Build the Thunder’

A recently announced $6 million initiative aimed at expanding the game of hockey regionally in Tampa Bay will be partially played out at the Florida Hospital Center Ice, a hockey complex expected to open in Wesley Chapel in the spring. Lightning Chairman Jeff Vinik announced the “Build the Thunder” initiative on Sept. 14. The Tampa Bay Lightning, the National Hockey League and the National … [Read more...]

See the Bolts for free at Fan Fest Sept. 20

Fan are always excited when a professional sports team gears up for another season. There's excitement, optimism, and a desire to be part of the action. Fans can't wait for the games to start. I'm not talking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this time. Don't get me wrong. This is definitely a football town, and fans have been waiting months to see the Bucs back in action. But their season started … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel hockey rink plans unveiled, hotel close behind

Dignitaries, reporters and champion athletes like retired Tampa Bay Lightning winger Dave Andreychuk had come to hear about the new ice hockey complex planned for Cypress Ridge Boulevard in Wesley Chapel. But they also learned about something else as well — another large hotel is coming, and it will be located right next to the new hockey facility. Developer Gordie Zimmermann was mum on who … [Read more...]