Game On! Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Opening Night Roster

Labrie makes the team

Official NHL rosters aren’t due until tomorrow at 5:00 pm, but after stating the team that practices on Friday will be the opening night squad, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher has decided on his 2013 team.

At noon today, Mike Angelidis, JT Wyman, Matt Taormina and Kyle Wilson were placed on waivers with the intent of being sent to Syracuse.  This means that defenseman Keith Aulie and forwards Cory Conacher and Pierre-Cedric Labrie have made the team.

Tyler Johnson, Radko Gudas and Mark Barberio will be returned to the Syracuse Crunch. All three players played well in camp and are a huge part of the Lightning’s future.

Seeing the diminutive Cory Conacher on the roster is not a surprise. He has impressed since joining the Lightning organization and was a major camp contributor, playing alongside Vincent Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell and not looking out of place. He proved himself by leading the AHL in goals while earning MVP honors and leading the Norfolk Admirals to the Calder Cup championship last season. ”We feel he has done a lot in the American League already… and if you look at his year and half, he has continued to improve,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “He was good last year in camp . . . and he came in this year and I felt he was on fire the entire camp.”

Labrie was  in a battle with Tyler Johnson and a host of others for the final forward roster spot. In the end, Boucher chose the physical Labrie who is also more than willing to drop the mitts. Boucher said of Labrie, “The guys love him, he’s a funny guy too. The chemistry’s terrific and on the ice he’s a big guy that can handle the puck.”

The Bolts will carry 23 players to start the season; 13 forwards, eight defenseman and two goaltenders.

Barring any last minute changes, here is your 2013 Tampa Bay Lightning team.

FORWARDS

#

Name

Height

Weight

Date of Birth

Age

19

B.J. Crombeen

6’2″

210

10-Jul-85

27

18

Adam Hall

6’3″

213

14-Aug-80

32

4

Vincent Lecavalie “C”

6’4″

208

21-Apr-80

32

12

Ryan Malone

6’4″

219

1-Dec-79

33

67

Benoit Pouliot

6’3″

199

29-Sep-86

26

16

Teddy Purcell

6’2″

201

8-Sep-85

27

11

Tom Pyatt

5’11″

185

14-Feb-85

25

26

Martin St. Louis “A”

5’8″

176

18-Jun-75

37

91

Steven Stamkos “A”

6’1″

188

7-Feb-90

22

44

Nate Thompson

6’0″

210

16-Oct-84

28

42

Dana Tyrell

5’11″

185

23-Apr-90

23

89

Cory Conacher

5’8″

175

14-Dec-89

22

76

Pierre-Cedric Labrie

6’2″

218

6-Dec-86

26

DEFENSEMEN
Name

Height

Weight

Date of Birth

Age

3

Keith Aulie

6’6″

217

11-Jun-89

23

47

Marc-Andre Bergeron

5’9″

198

13-Oct-80

32

2

Eric Brewer “A”

6’3″

220

17-Apr-89

33

25

Matthew Carle

6’0″

205

25-Sep-84

28

77

Victor Hedman

6’6″

229

18-Dec-90

22

15

Brian Lee

6’3″

205

26-Mar-87

25

29

Brendan Mikkelson

6’3″

205

22-Jun-87

25

6

Sami Salo

6’3″

212

2-Sep-74

38

GOALIES
Name

Height

Weight

Date of Birth

Age

32

Mathieu Garon

6’1″

206

9-Jan-78

35

39

Anders Lindback

6’6″

203

3-May-88

24

Labrie photograph courtesy of Linda Hamilton.

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