Tampa Bay Lightning Unveil New Logo, Uniforms For 2011-12 Season

The Tampa Bay Lightning have postponed a major announcement originally scheduled for Monday. It's expected that they'll unveil new uniforms and a new logo.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Unveil New 'Classic Look' Logo, Uniforms For 2011-12

After postponing the original announcement, the Tampa Bay Lightning returned to the St. Pete Times Forum on Monday to unveil their new uniforms and new logo. We'll let the experts over at Raw Charge explain the new look.

The words "bold", "classic" and "iconic" were used to describe the new look, which is radically different than what has been associated with the team in the past.

The most striking and obvious difference in the uniforms is the absence of black and silver. The home uniform is blue ("Tampa Bay Blue") with wide, white stripes and features a redesigned white Lightning crest, which is still basically a lightning bolt within a circle (although more of an oval shape) and no lettering while the road uniform is white with the words "Tampa Bay" in blue above a blue crest. Both uniforms have round shoulder patches that feature the crest with the words "Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Club".

Gone are the lightning bolts on the pants as well as the "victory stripes" under the arms, both elements that have been part of the Lightning uniform since the original design by team founder Phil Esposito. "I think it's good. It's certainly a more classic look. Things change over time and this is part of the direction that ownership wants to take the club. I support it 100%", said Esposito.

Read more over at Raw Charge. Fans seem to have a mixed reaction.

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Officers Shot In St. Petersburg; Tampa Bay Lightning Indefinitely Postpone Monday Announcement

Two police officers and a United States Marshal have been shot while serving a warrant in St. Petersburg, FL, and out of respect, the Tampa Bay Lightning have indefinitely postponed a scheduled press conference. 

Via the team:

The Tampa Bay Lightning's press conference scheduled for this afternoon at the St. Pete Times Forum has been postponed indefinitely. Out of respect for those involved in an ongoing emergency situation in St. Petersburg today, the Lightning has elected not to move forward as previously scheduled.  

The Lightning were expected to unveil new uniforms and a new logo at the event, with owner Jeff Vinik, general manager Steve Yzerman, CEO Tod Leiweke gathering with Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos, Dave Andreychuk and Phil Esposito to make the announcement. 

Obviously, the uniforms and the logo of the local hockey team are inconsequential on a day like today in St. Petersburg. Our thoughts go out to those injured. 

For more, head over to our Lightning blog, Raw Charge.

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