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.
For information about joining the Lightning program, please email Don Schaap (
(Jessica is our first bulletin where we highlight a Carolina Lightning player being amazing - on or off ice)
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In true Carolina Lightning style serving as an ambassador from our program, Jessica Lehning of the Lightning U15 girls, subs in for injured Montgomery Goalie in the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League Tournament against Chevy Chase U14.
Her last minute substitution was really appreciated by the Montgomery coaches and players. Montgomery ladies are coming to visit later this Fall.
Way to go Jessica!
(Photo and permission to use Jessica's full name received from her parent).
10th Annual Triangle Walk to Raise Awareness for Brain Injury
Please join us for our 10th annual
Triangle Walk to Raise Awareness for Brain Injury
Koka Booth Amphitheatre - Cary, NC
April 26, 2014 - 9:00AM - 1PM
It's that time again....the Walk for Brain Injury is on and we're so excited that we've locked in Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary! It's such a beautiful venue, and we have a wonderful sponsor who paid for it! This walk will be bigger than last year, and have more activities for the kids. We also have members of the Wounded Warrior Project attending, who will kick off the start of the walk for us.
$20 Early Registration fee - $25 day of event (Includes event t-shirt, lun MC Jami Caskey, music and much more!)Register on-line or download form and follow directions on it.
Announcement - BOD Final Consolidation / Merger Decision
Don asked me to repost this notice which was email sent out on 2/17 with same subject line as above. This document has been posted on our Documents page as well.
February 17, 2014
Dear Carolina Lightning Families,
Over the last several months, there has been a lot of talk, rumor, and speculation regarding the possibility of integrating all of our local youth hockey players into one (1) consolidated organization.
To quickly summarize, the Lightning and East Coast Eagles organizations were approached last summer and then again last fall about consolidation by the Carolina Hurricanes. At that time, we were asked specifically what it would take for our organizations to join such a movement. Both the Eagles and Lightning had a couple of very specific requirements, and both organizations agreed that it had to be "done right" or we were not interested.
Many meetings and discussions have taken place since last fall, and we did put together an excellent core group of "hockey guys" as a proposed Board of Directors for this new entity, but with any new business, there are a lot of personnel, operational, logistical and financial issues and challenges to overcome.
All members of the Lightning Board of Directors were kept informed of the new entity discussions throughout the process, including the personnel involved, those proposed, the business model, operations and logistics, financials, meeting minutes, etc.
After review and consideration, Carolina Lightning Hockey has decided not to proceed with consolidation.
Lightning Hockey is already a unique and successful youth hockey program and we are fully committed to moving forward and continuing to provide the important philosophies, coaching, special people, and travel ice hockey program for our kids that we have been doing together for the last 10 years. The Lightning will continue to support both girls and boys hockey. We will continue to grow, and Lightning teams will continue to be eligible to play B through AAA level hockey, based on the skill level of the teams as we do now.
We will continue to be "all about our kids", and we will continue to develop our athlete’s on- and off-ice physical and personal skills and have fun doing so.
Thanks for all your support. I look forward to the next 10 years.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime at 919.779.2330 (home), 919.436.6434 (cell) and/or
Every Step of the Way – vote for Julie Chu and US Hockey
Every Step of the Way was developed by CitiGroup to help fund U.S. Olympic and Paralympic sport programs that inspire Team Citi athletes. The competition was set up to help these gifted athletes give back to the organization of their choice.
Julie Chu has chosen USA Hockey. With the funding, The USA Hockey Foundation will purchase 500 sets of starter equipment packages to be used during Try Hockey For Free Days to help bring more kids, between the ages of 4 to 9, into youth hockey.
Please take a second to vote for Julie (and the Foundation) here:
Carolina Lightning Hockey's Sponsorship Program has been developed to support the growth of, and to benefit the entire Lightning organization.
We have multiple levels of sponsorship support embedded into our program, to facilitate those sponsoring the Lightning (you as a business or parent), directed to individual teams, and/or large organizational/corporate sponsorships to support the organization as a whole. Either way, Lightning sponsorships will benefit your child in some form or fashion.
Additionally, if you have the professional skill to help guide/run this effort and represent the Lightning organization in support of obtaining corporate sponsors , it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me to get involved.
On behalf of all our great kids, and the entire Lightning organization, thank you for your consideration and support.