Vinny LeCavalier, Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis might not be on the ice for the Tampa Bay Lightning because of the NHL lockout, but that won't stop team president Jeff Vinik from keeping a $10 million pledge.
Through the Lightning Foundation, Vinik vowed to honor local difference makers and their charities through the Community Hero Awards by giving millions over a five-year span.
The Homeless Emergency Project will get $50,000 as the first recipient of the award this year Tuesday at the charity's Clearwater campus, 1120 N Betty Lane.
This is the second year of the awards.
The presentations take place on scheduled Lightning home game dates and will be awarded at the charity location until the hockey season starts.
The Lightning would have faced off against the New York Islanders.