[TF.N Main] [Contact Us]
[Latest News - Main]
[More...]
[TFN FanFilms Now On YouTube.com]
[Popular Stories]
CEII: Jabba's Palace Reunion - Massive Guest Announcements

Star Wars Night With The Tampa Bay Storm Reminder

Stephen Hayford Star Wars Weekends Exclusive Art

ForceCast #251: To Spoil or Not to Spoil

New Timothy Zahn Audio Books Coming

Star Wars Celebration VII In Orlando?

May The FETT Be With You

Mimoco: New Mimobot Coming May 4th

[Jedi Council Forums]
Who Doesn't Hate Jar Jar anymore?

Fans who grew up with the OT-Do any of you actually prefer the PT?

Should darth maul have died?

What plotline, character or scene in the entire Saga irritates you the most?

The misconceptions you had about Star Wars, when you were a kid
[Poll]
There are no polls
currently operating
in this sector.
Please check
back soon.

View Poll Archives



Star Wars Night In Review

Posted By Chris on February 20, 2012

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D Night with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum – Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey team partnered with the Star Wars Grand Florida Alliance and the 501st Legion Florida Garrison to bring fans an epic evening filled with Star Wars goodness to help promote and celebrate the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D.

The Lightning offered fans a special VIP package which included a ticket to the game, access to an all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink buffet, an exclusive licensed The Phantom Menace/Lightning hockey puck and photo opportunities with Star Wars characters. The SWGFA had a booth set up outside to greet fans as they stood in line to pick up their tickets, wristbands and ultra cool hockey pucks before the game. The 501st Legion mingled among the crowd getting everyone pumped up before they went inside as Darth Vader, Darth Maul, a Sandtrooper, a Stormtrooper, a TIE Fighter Pilot, Padme Amidala, Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, R2-D2, two Imperial Officers, an ARC Trooper and a Royal Guard were present.










Once inside, members from the 501st Legion took a pre-game Fan Zam ride around the ice. The Imperial March was played during the starting line-up and the Emperor himself showed the true power of the Darkside with some Sith Lightning! Okay, it's just a tesla coil, but the whole purple lightning thing totally worked for this event.




Want to go out on the ice at a hockey game? You have to sign a waiver...and don't think for one second that Darth Vader or his troops were immune to this rule!



At the end of the 1st period, the Lightning were up 2-1 over the Sharks. During the break, Darth Maul put on his ice skates and grabbed a hockey stick while other characters made their way out onto the ice for a little “Star Wars Shootout” with random VIP ticket holders chosen to participate. There was also a game board with an awesome Death Star graphic. The challenge was to get a puck into the small exhaust port…er…uh…the small hole at the bottom of the board and into the net. The winner received a copy of the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd!





Official Star Wars artist Michael Locoduck Duron was also on hand and kept busy with long lines of fans wanting to get a free caricature done. He also offered up an original piece of artwork for charity with all of the proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation on behalf of the 501st Legion Tampa Bay Squad.



During the second period break, the Sharks were up 4-3 over the Lightning and the 501st members were up on the 3rd level for more photo opportunities as VIP ticket holders took advantage of the huge buffet. Everyone was encouraged to dress in costume and wear their favorite Star Wars shirt and many did.




At the end of the 3rd period, the game was tied 5-5 which resulted in overtime play. The Force was truly with the Lightning that night as they eventually scored an incredible goal to win the game 6-5 over the Sharks. If you weren't able to make it out for this event, fear not. Discussions have already begun for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 3D Night!


Related Stories

September 4, 2014   2014 Star Wars Night With The Tampa Bay Rays In Review
August 17, 2014   2014 Star Wars Night With The Tampa Bay Rays
May 7, 2013   Star Wars Night With The Tampa Bay Storm In Review
April 13, 2013   Star Wars Night With The Tampa Bay Storm





[Latest News - News Archives]
BBC Interviews J.J. Abrams About Trek And Wars
Posted By Eric on May 3, 2013:
Episode VII gig "once in a lifetime opportunity"

CEII: Jabba's Palace Reunion - Massive Guest Announcements
Posted By Chris on May 3, 2013:
10 new guests announced!

Fathead's May the Fourth Be With You!
Posted By Philip on May 3, 2013:
30% off Star Wars Fatheads

Star Wars Night With The Tampa Bay Storm Reminder
Posted By Chris on May 3, 2013:
Saturday, May 4th at 9:00pm!

Stephen Hayford Star Wars Weekends Exclusive Art
Posted By Chris on May 3, 2013:
Hunt down all four prints!

ForceCast #251: To Spoil or Not to Spoil
Posted By Eric on May 3, 2013:
Erik and Eric discuss a central issue of our time

New Timothy Zahn Audio Books Coming
Posted By Chris on May 3, 2013:
Allegiance, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future!

SDCC: Exclusive Black Series Boba Fett With Han In Carbonite Set
Posted By Chris on May 3, 2013:
USA Today reveals Hasbro's offering

Star Wars Art Exposition May 4th
Posted By Philip on May 3, 2013:
It's Happening In Houston

Star Wars Celebration VII In Orlando?
Posted By Chris on May 3, 2013:
Story updated inside

The Force Within Us Celebrates May The 4th Be With You!
Posted By Jay on May 3, 2013:
Amazing freebies!

The Clone Wars Takes Home Voice Acting Trophies
Posted By Eric on May 2, 2013:
Series wins People's Choice for Best TV Vocal Ensemble

Star Wars Origami Free May 4th Download
Posted By Dustin on May 2, 2013:
Workman Publishing Posts Fun Freebie

May The FETT Be With You
Posted By Dustin on May 2, 2013:
The Dented Helmet / MIMOBOT giveaway!

Mimoco: New Mimobot Coming May 4th
Posted By Chris on May 2, 2013:
Who will it be?

WeLoveFine Loves May The 4th
Posted By Dustin on May 2, 2013:
Contest winners and t-shirt sales all weekend!

May The Fourth Grant You Savings On A Great Book!
Posted By Dustin on May 2, 2013:
Gus and Duncan's Comprehensive Guide to Star Wars Collectibles

Star Wars Island In Geoffrey's Jungle
Posted By Dustin on May 2, 2013:
Toys "R" Us Celebrates May the 4th

Catalog Details For New Essential Characters Guide
Posted By Eric on May 2, 2013:
Synopsis, quick facts, and rough release date

Synopsis Posted For Star Wars: Kenobi
Posted By Eric on May 2, 2013:
"The Republic has fallen. Sith Lords rule the galaxy."

The Empire Circulates Propaganda Video
Posted By Dustin on May 1, 2013:
Say Yes to the Empire! Say No to May the 4th!

Zen Studios Celebrates May 4th With A Star Wars Pinball Sale
Posted By Dustin on May 1, 2013:
50% off Star Wars
May The 4th Be With You At Coagula Curatorial
Posted By Dustin on May 1, 2013:
Costume contests, games, screen-printing, puppets, & more!

Jedi Journals: May 2013
Posted By Dustin on May 1, 2013:
Chris & Jay discuss their May The 4th (Be With You) plans!

The Making Of Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi Cover Revealed
Posted By Chris on May 1, 2013:
EW.com also posts five exclusive images

Her Universe Unveils New May The Fourth SW Products
Posted By Eric on May 1, 2013:
Six new items go on sale on May 4th

Why Is May The 4th Called Star Wars Day?
Posted By Dustin on May 1, 2013:
Learn some of the history behind the day

The Clone Wars Nominated For Daytime Emmy Awards
Posted By Eric on May 1, 2013:
Cast and crew honored by National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

OfficialPix May The 4th Exclusives
Posted By Chris on May 1, 2013:
Two new photos for Star Wars Day!

Toledo Mud Hens Feel The Fourth With Wookiee Jersey
Posted By D_Martin on May 1, 2013:
Toledo Mud Hens Feel The Fourth

Christopher Lee Celebrates May The 4th With Cool Print
Posted By D_Martin on May 1, 2013:
Celebrate May The 4th With An Awesome Print

Celebrate Star Wars Day And Save At HasbroToyShop.com
Posted By D_Martin on May 1, 2013:
20% Off At HasbroToyShop.com

Stride Rite Celebrates May The 4th
Posted By Dustin on May 1, 2013:
Get 25% off this weekend!

[TF.N Newsletter]
Enter Email Address:
Find Out More...
[All Posters]
The Fantastic Four
AllPosters.com
Search For Posters, Cardboard Stand-Ups & T-Shirts!
[Rebelscum.com - Star Wars Collecting]
[TheForce.Net - FanFilms]
[TheForce.Net - FanForce] [TheForce.Net - Fan Art]
[More News...]
TheForce.Net - Your Daily Dose of Star Wars
THEFORCE.NET IS NOT ENDORSED BY LUCASFILM, LTD. PLEASE READ OUR DISCLAIMER. © 2014 COPYRIGHT TF.N, LLC
The Galaxy is Listening
[TF.N Main] [TF.N FAQ] [Contact Us]