'Peg to host Bolts-Oilers

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:33 PM ET

The NHL is returning to the MTS Centre -- for one night only.

Carrying on a semi-annual tradition that was established back in 1997, the Tampa Bay Lightning are replacing the Phoenix Coyotes as the home team in what will be the sixth NHL pre-season game played here since the Winnipeg Jets left town.

The Lightning, with a lineup that include stars like Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis and 2008 first overall pick Steven Stamkos, will take on the Edmonton Oilers on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

"The Tampa Bay Lightning are excited about the opportunity to play an NHL game in Manitoba against the Edmonton Oilers as Winnipeg has a strong history with the National Hockey League," Lightning general manager Brian Lawton said in a press release. "Our players love playing in Canada and MTS Centre is such a great facility, they are looking forward to the game already."

The last time the Oilers served as the opposition at the MTS Centre was in 2006 as they defeated the Coyotes 5-0 before a crowd of 15,015.

Last year's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Coyotes drew 13,147 fans.

Tickets will range from $39 to $119, but are only available to existing Manitoba Moose season ticket and mini-pack holders, as well as those interested in renewing or purchasing new season tickets for the 2009-10 season.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Vancouver Canucks, the parent club of the Moose, have only played one pre-season game in Winnipeg.


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