Vinik, Lightning donate $1M for Hurricane Harvey relief


About a week ago, the NHL and NHLPA combined to donate $200K in the name of relief for Hurricane Harvey. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they’re going a step further, donating $1 million to the American Red Cross to help fund relief for those affected by the natural disaster.

The donation appears to come directly from owner Jeff and his wife Penny Vinik, though the team also is arranging opportunities for fans to donate to the cause during Lightning games.

Here’s a statement from Vinik:

Check here for full details on how the team is trying to send more help toward the affected region.

Here’s hoping that Hurricane Irma doesn’t cause similar problems for the Lightning, Florida Panthers, and beyond. As far as that goes, the Bolts are keeping an eye on how the storm might disrupt certain team functions.

Anyway, this is a fantastic gesture by the Viniks during a challenging time. Good stuff.