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Rays celebrate Lightning's 20th NHL anniversary

ST. PETERSBURG -- Despite the National Hockey League lockout, the Rays teamed up with the hockey team across the bay to honor the Lightning's 20-year anniversary in the NHL.

Lightning head coach Guy Boucher was on hand to throw out the first pitch, and all pregame activities were related to the celebration.

Rays manager Joe Maddon even sported a Lightning hat during his pregame news conference, but admitted that he should stick to baseball.

"I was a horrible hockey player because I never skated," Maddon said. "If I had a do-over, I wish I had skated and played some hockey because I love the game from a distance."

Maddon said that growing up in Hazleton, Pa., it was common to play basketball in the winter instead of grabbing a pair of skates and a stick because of a lack of hockey arenas.

"It just didn't happen, the ice time, etc.," Maddon said. "It's one of my regrets."

He did, however, say he has tried skating as an adult with his son, Joey. But from the sound of it, it didn't go so well.

"I'm very inept at staying on any type of rollerblades, ice skates," Maddon said. "I'm horrible."

ST. PETERSBURG -- Despite the National Hockey League lockout, the Rays teamed up with the hockey team across the bay to honor the Lightning's 20-year anniversary in the NHL.

Lightning head coach Guy Boucher was on hand to throw out the first pitch, and all pregame activities were related to the celebration.

Rays manager Joe Maddon even sported a Lightning hat during his pregame news conference, but admitted that he should stick to baseball.

"I was a horrible hockey player because I never skated," Maddon said. "If I had a do-over, I wish I had skated and played some hockey because I love the game from a distance."

Maddon said that growing up in Hazleton, Pa., it was common to play basketball in the winter instead of grabbing a pair of skates and a stick because of a lack of hockey arenas.

"It just didn't happen, the ice time, etc.," Maddon said. "It's one of my regrets."

He did, however, say he has tried skating as an adult with his son, Joey. But from the sound of it, it didn't go so well.

"I'm very inept at staying on any type of rollerblades, ice skates," Maddon said. "I'm horrible."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.