Clark J Brooks

  • joined Jun 15, 2010
  • last login Apr 20, 2014
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Originally from Benton Harbor, Michigan but a resident of the Tampa Bay area since 1986, I've gone native and am now solidly behind the Lightning, Rays and Buccaneers. I'm a staff writer for Raw Charge, covering the Tampa Bay Lightning. In addition, I run off at the keyboard on my own web site (link below). I've also helped produce a documentary film ("Ten at the Top in Tampa Bay"...look it up on!) and am an ordained minister who will gladly commit your next wedding for the low, low price of admission to the reception and a seat next to one of the cuter bridesmaids.

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Lecavalier honored for 1000th NHL game

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier was honored in pre-game festivities Friday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum

Lightning open season with 6-3 win over Washington

The Tampa Bay Lightning opened the abbreviated 2013 season with a win over division rival the Washington Capitals in back-and-forth battle in front of a sellout crowd at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Saturday night.

Who's IN and OUT with the 2013 Bolts

A brief guide to the players that have come and gone since the last time the Tampa Bay Lightning took to the ice. Part two of Raw Charge's 2013 Lightning season preview.

Lightning open camp with fan fest

The Tampa Bay Lightning returned to the ice Sunday in Tampa, hosting an open house "fan fest" to coincide with their first practice of the season.

Celebrating local artists

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Lightning Foundation's latest community outreach effort embraces local art.

The Numbers Game

Matt Carle will wear number 25 for the Tampa Bay Lightning, a number many thought would eventually be (or maybe already was, at least unofficially) retired in honor of the last player to wear it, former captain Dave Andreychuk.

What can we learn from what Cam Janssen said?

The inflammatory remarks made by New Jersey's Cam Janssen disparaging women and threatening gays on a satellite radio show can ultimately do more good than harm, if we choose to learn a thing or two.

A Lightning Legacy

Cody Bradley, son of former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Bradley, is the first local player to skate for the team.

Lightning Development Camp continues in Brandon

Work continues at the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2012 Development Camp.

Standing room only crowd at Champps for 2012 NHL Draft watch party

Looking for a hockey fix, Lightning fans turned out in droves for the team hosted 2012 NHL Draft watch party.

It's time to worry about the start of the 2012-13 NHL season...unless it isn't

It's hard to tell at this point whether or not fans should be concerend about how the negotiations between the NHL and its players are going to go.

Welcome to Vinikville: Lightning owner purchases property near the Tampa Bay Times Forum

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik continues to assert his presence in downtown Tampa by purchasing property across the street from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Lightning looking for new community heroes

Nominations can now be submitted for consideration to the Tampa Bay Lightning's "Community Heroes" program.

Question of the week: How do you want to celebrate the Bolts 20th anniversary?

Our Question of the Week asks for suggestions to celebrate the Tampa Bay Lightning's upcoming 20th anniversary season.

The power of 8: Kings take the underdog route to the Finals

The Los Angeles Kings have taken the tough road to the Stanley Cup Finals. Are they the greatest underdog in NHL history? Only if you consider them to be underdogs.

The dirty secrets of (some) sports blogs

Some blogs want to grab your eyes any way possible, and that means the sensational is most important. Case in point, Deadspin's publication of a drunk/disgruntled Tampa Bay TImes Forum employees email....

Spring cleaning: The Lightning enter the off season

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman and head coach Guy Boucher addressed the media to review the 2011-12 season and talk about the team's future.

Question of the week: Who should be going to the playoffs...but isn't?

The Raw Charge staff ponders the question: Is there anybody that didn't make the playoffs that should have?

Game 79: Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning wrap up their home schedule for the 2011-12 season with a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

Andreychuk concerned about 2012 entry draft

Could Lightning GM Steve Yzerman be celebrating April Fools Day with a little window shopping?

Game 78: Winnipeg Jets at Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning knock off the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in overtime in front of a sellout crowd at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Saturday night.

Lecavalier hosts 2nd annual "Cut for a Cure" event

Vinny Lecavalier was joined by teammates and Tampa Bay area business leaders at "Cut for a Cure", an event to benefit pediatric cancer research.

"Goon" to be released in US theaters Friday

A rare treat for hockey-centric cinephiles, "Goon" will be released in US theaters on Friday, March 30th.

"You Can Play": An interview with Patrick Burke

Raw Charge's exclusive interview with Patrick Burke of the You Can Play Project, which is "dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation"

Game 74: New York Islanders versus Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York islanders 4-3 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Saturday night.

Game 73: Edmonton Oilers versus Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shootout at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday night.

Game 72: Buffalo Sabres versus Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning lost to the Buffalo Sabres at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Monday night, their third straight loss.

Game 71: St. Louis Blues versus Tampa Bay Lightning

The St. Louis Blues became the first team to clinch a spot in the playoffs after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Saturday night.

The Southeast this week

A look at the week that was in the NHL's Southeast Division

Game 70: Toronto Maple Leafs versus Tampa Bay Lightning

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday night.

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