The Carolina Lightning is a boys and girls hockey program based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Lightning organization believes in developing young people’s hockey skills through a positive, educational and safe environment.
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The Lightning is proud to have Alyssa Gagliardi join our U12, U14 & U19 girls’ practices December 19th. Alyssa is from Raleigh and is currently playing for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL). She is one of the nine U.S. Ladies who represented the U.S. from the National Team to play in the first ever CWHL All-Star Game December 13th at 12:30 on the NHL Network. This was a great opportunity for all of us to watch both her and Megan Bozek in action! Alyssa also just played in her first 4 Nations Cup last month representing team U.S.A. who won the Silver Medal.
Alyssa grew up in Raleigh playing for the East Coast Eagles before the heading off to Shattuck St. Mary's winning a USA Hockey National Championship in 2009 and finishing as runner up in 2010. Alyssa attended Cornell University where she had a very successful collegiate hockey career.
Alyssa will be home for the holidays taking a few days off from her professional career and is very excited to be on the ice with our Lightning Ladies!
Carolina Lightning Girls teams received a very special visit from 2014 Olympic Silver Medalist Megan Bozek Thursday afternoon and evening December 4th 2014 at Raleigh Center Ice.
At just 23 years of age, Megan is a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, played in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia bringing home the silver medal,. Megan also played two (2) International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships (Gold 2013, Silver 2012), three (3) Four Nations Cups (2012-2014) and she won a pair of NCAA Championships with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. Megan currently plays for the Toronto Furies, part of the CWHL (Canadian Women’s Hockey League), drafted No. 1 in the 2014 CWHL draft. She was recently selected as one of only nine (9) American players to be part of the first ever CWHL All-Star Game taking place December 13th in Toronto.
As part of the Lightning's vision to grow girls hockey in the Carolinas, the Lightning bounced on the opportunity to give our girls the opportunity to meet Olympian Megan Bozek in person on their home ice. Her visit provided both additional skill development to our girl’s teams and valuable outreach for our girls program.
Megan’s first stop in the day was at the PNC Arena to watch a Carolina Hurricanes practice where she was greeted by Captain Eric Staal and General Manager Ron Francis. Shane Willis and Amber Jaye interviewed Megan where she spoke about her amazing career and the growth of women’s hockey in the US.
Megan conducted on-ice practices with our U10, U12, U14 & U19 teams, giving the Lightning girls a great taste of what practices are like on the National Team. The girls listened intensely to her message of always trying your best and having fun because that's what counts at the end of the day. The girls also had their pictures taken with Megan and were able to see firsthand an Olympic Silver Medal in person!
After practice everyone was treated to a classy sit-down dinner with tablecloth and flowers. The girls presented Megan with a Lightning jersey, signed by all the Lightning girls with their numbers, as their thank you to Megan for coming to Raleigh just for them.
Carolina Lightning Hockey is very excited to announce that Megan will be returning to Raleigh AUG-07AUG next year to run a week long all girls hockey camp. More information to follow.
Carolina Lightning Hockey is very proud to have been able to host and have Megan Bozek to Raleigh for a very special and memorable event. She is humble, sweet, funny, beautiful and an inspiring young woman who touched the hearts of all of our Lightning ladies last week with her personality, integrity and leadership.
Our girls will forever cherish the experience, both on and off the ice.
Not Just Icing Won the national competition.! Congratulations to Donna and her co-founder Cristal Harrison and thanks to everyone who took time to vote to show what hockey families can do!
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Last night at the Megan Bozek event we had these MOST AMAZING cupcakes, that were provided by Donna Downs and her company, Not Just Icing, Inc. Turns out that Not Just Icing is in a national competition for 2014 Dessert Food Truck of the Year competition sponsored by Mobile-Cuisine.
Donna is a legendary Lightning volunteer and team manager so let’s show Mobile-Cuisine the insane competitive nature of hockey parents and vote for her truck in this competition. One vote per device!
This poll will close on Friday, December the 12th , 2014 at 11:59 PM.
Last year the Carolina Lightning family collected a huge truckload (literally) of used hockey gear and donated it to military families at Ft Bragg.
This year we would like to continue this tradition with a win-win-win twist.
Win#1: We are collecting equipment for the “Try Hockey for Free” event on November 8th. Most critical need for this event are sticks and gloves. RCI will be providing skates. See the Try Hockey for Free bulletin for details on this event.
Win#2: the gear will then be used for the seven week Learn2Play program to help keep introductory costs down. See the Learn2Playbulletin for details on this program.