TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning and Lightning Warriors Hockey Program will host a press event to announce the fourth annual Hockey Heals-22 on May 17, 2024, at 3 p.m. at AdventHealth Center Ice. All media members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Hockey Heals-22 is an event that features the Lightning Warriors Hockey Program playing 22 hours of continuous ice hockey to remember and honor the 22 veterans who lose their lives to suicide every day. The mission of this event is to raise awareness and funding for prevention efforts that assist veterans and their families during a suicide crisis. The Lightning Warriors will play local and visiting teams, veteran teams, local schools and first responders. Select public figures from the Tampa Bay area will also attend to show support.

“We’re doing everything we can to lower that number,” said LWHP Executive Director Chris Scangarello. “It’s a way to keep giving to the community that has given so much to us. For those of us who have served, it’s just in our DNA to give, and we have many avenues to give back.”

The fourth annual Hockey Heals-22 benefitting Jon’s Mission for 22 and Black Dagger Military Hunt Club will take place on June 8, 2024, from 2 p.m. to June 9, 2024, at noon at AdventHealth Center Ice. Media are encouraged to attend.

About the Lightning Warriors Hockey Program:

The Lightning Warriors Hockey Program Inc. (LWHP) was formed on Nov. 29, 2017, and formally incorporated on Jan. 1, 2020. The Lightning Warriors Hockey Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization consisting of over 150 members that have been organized to operate exclusively for charitable, prevention and educational purposes for those wounded in defense of the United States. The purpose of the LWHP is to serve the disabled veteran community, the hockey community and the community at-large in the Tampa region. Our goal is to provide a healthy escape (ice hockey) to our veterans that will help them find the camaraderie and support system they had while serving in the military. Our mission is to provide both a recreational and competitive environment (teams) that is therapeutic and educational for our members so that we serve both each other and our communities.

In November 2023, the Tampa Bay Lightning partnered with the organization to provide more opportunities for veterans in the Tampa community to have access to hockey and to provide a larger platform for events such as Hockey Heals-22.

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