The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that the MeiGray Group will be offering the team’s Game-Worn jerseys once again through MGG’s Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program. The Lightning and MGG, which worked together from 2002-2006, will now be offering Game-Worn Jerseys from the 2009-10 NHL season, including the first Lightning jerseys worn by 2009 first-round draft pick Victor Hedman and blossoming sophomore superstar Steven Stamkos in the 2009-10 National Hockey League season.
“We’re delighted to be working with the Lightning again,” said MGG President Barry Meisel. “Tampa Bay is one of the league’s hot teams, with young guys like Hedman and Stamkos. They’ve got a great Third jersey. And veteran superstars like (Vincent) Lecavalier and (Martin) St. Louis are always on collectors’ want lists.”
The Lightning will be wearing three sets of homes, three sets of roads, and one set of Thirds in 2009-10. Several players will wear two jerseys in Set 1, and those players will be reported on MeiGray’s annual Population Report, available after the season.
Since the season has already commenced, MeiGray will authenticate the first set of homes, roads and Thirds once they have been completely worn by the Lightning players. The second and third sets will be security-tagged and authenticated as per usual program procedures so their use can be tracked during the season.
“We are happy to make this great opportunity available to our fans,” said Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton. “We have some of the most exciting and notable players in the NHL on our roster and our feedback tells us our fans would like to have the opportunity to secure jerseys from players like Hedman, Stamkos, St. Louis, Lecavalier and their teammates. The best way to make them available is through the MeiGray program. We are pleased to be working with them once again. They are the industry leader.”