Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning auction raises $15,000 for Boston fund
TAMPA The Tampa Bay Lightning raised just more than $14,500 with a recent auction to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. During Tampa Bay’s game in Boston on April 25, the Lightning wore “Boston Strong’’ stickers on the back of their helmets and after the game players signed the helmets. The items were auctioned on NHL.com, bringing in $14,515.73. The team made up the difference to bring the total donation to $15,000. The helmet signed by Steven Stamkos brought in the highest bid at more than $5,000. All proceeds will benefit the One Fund Boston, which was established by Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Boston mayor Tomas Menino to aid those affected by the April 15 bombings. To date, the fund has raised more than $26 million.Viewership way up Television ratings for Lightning games on Sun Sports set an all-time record this season, according to a release sent out by the network. The final household rating for the 43 games televised on either Sun Sports or Fox Sports Florida was a 1.8, which is equal to 32,518 households, the highest rating ever for the cable network. The rating number is also a 30 percent increase from last season, according to Nielsen Media Research. The rise in ratings also continues a trend, growing from .59 in 2009-10 to .82 in 2010-11 and 1.39 last season. Another prospect signing The Lightning signed forward Cedric Paquette to a three-year entry deal on Thursday. A fourth-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2012, Paquette (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) had 27 goals and 83 points in 63 games in his second season with Blainville-Boisbriand in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.