Here's the skinny

To most of the Tampa-based hockey collectors and dealers, what I’m about to share with you is most likely viewed as trade information. As a hockey fan, though, I feel compelled to pass along this most basic knowledge to others.

That's why you'll find contact information, as well as pictures, for team hotels and prime hounding spots here in Hockey Bay.

Using this insider information, as well as reading my tricks of the trade at Hound Central 3.0, should provide enough knowledge for you to start building your own collection.

Ice Sports Forum in Brandon

An offseason training facility and home of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2009 rookie and training camps.

Ice Sports Forum
10222 Elizabeth Place
Tampa FL 33619
(813) 684-7825

Facility's Web site
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Clearwater Beach Marriott

Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key
1201 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 596-1100

Renaissance Vinoy

Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club
501 5th Ave. NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 894-1000

Embassy Suites Tampa

Embassy Suites Tampa-Downtown Convention Center
513 S. Florida Ave.
Tampa FL 33602
(813) 769-8300

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 874-1234

Hyatt Regency Tampa

Hyatt Regency Tampa
211 N. Tampa St.
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 225-1234

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
200 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa FL 33602
(813) 223-2222

Tampa Marriott Waterside

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
700 S. Florida Ave.
Tampa FL 33602
(813) 221-4900

Westin Tampa Harbour Island

Westin Tampa Harbour Island
725 S. Harbour Island Drive
Tampa FL 33602
(813) 229-5000

Cotanchobee/Fort Brooke Park

Along St. Pete Times Forum Drive, across from the St. Pete Times Forum, and east of Marriott Waterside. Keep your eyes open for players walking.

Tampa Bay Lightning players' entrance

Along Water Street on the east side of Tampa Bay Times Forum. The fence is there for a reason.

Visiting player's entrance

Just west of the Lightning's player entrance, many players who walk to the rink use this walkway, not Guest Entrance D, to head into morning skates. In fact, players often ask where it's located.