2011Oct 15

SPAD hits the Lightening Twice!!

By SPAD intern Geoff Gascon

I am currently doing a Public Relations internship with the Tampa Bay Lightning. I am involved in the daily operations of the PR department and also help out with the Hockey Operations department as needed.

Every morning I start my day by doing the “Lightning Clips”. This involves going online to the Tampa newspaper websites, and other hockey related websites to find articles and other information that is written about the Lightning. I then prepare a document and send it via email to every employee in the company. Even the owner, Jeff Vinik!! This document is also printed and delivered to the coaches, management and other hockey operations staff members. On game days I am also responsible for printing game day media passes and distributing those to media when they arrive at the arena prior to puckdrop. During the game I am responsible for announcing all goals and penalties to everyone in the press box after it has been announced on the PA system. This is done to ensure the media have it written correctly in their stories as well as statistics purposes. During intermission I run a stats package down to both the home and away dressing rooms and after the game I go into the away dressing room to get quotes from 1 or 2 players and the coach. I have met all of the Lightning players, coaches and management and know many on a first name basis which is extremely cool for me as a lifetime hockey fan.

I have really enjoyed my time so far in Tampa as it has been sunny and hot on most days. I was able to drive down to the preseason Lightning game in Orlando at the Amway Center. In Sports Marketing class last year we received a tour of the newly built Amway Center from Dr. Ann Pegoraro so it kinda came full circle for me being there in person. I will also be at (working) every Lightning home game while I’m here in Tampa.

Garrett Hamel and I were fortunate enough to experience live the 8 run comeback by the Tampa Bay Rays against the Yankees en route to one of the greatest comebacks in major league baseball history as they edged out the Red Sox for the AL Wild Card. We also took in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Indianapolis Colts. We will be rocking out at the Toby Keith concert tonight and hopefully we can get to a USF Bulls game in the near future.

This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and has opened my eyes to many things involved in the operations of a professional sports organization.


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