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2007-08 Tampa Bay Lightning season
Tampa Bay Lightning
Conference Eastern
Division Southeast
Founded 1992
History Tampa Bay Lightning
1992-present
Home Arena St. Pete Times Forum
City Tampa, Florida
Colors Black, Dark Blue, Silver, and White
Media Sun Sports
WDAE (620 AM)
Owner(s) Flag of the United States Bill Davidson (pending to Flag of Canada Doug MacLean)
General Manager Flag of the United States Jay Feaster
Head Coach Flag of the United States John Tortorella
Captain Flag of Canada Tim Taylor
Minor League Affiliates Norfolk Admirals (AHL)
Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 2003-04
Conference Championships 2003-04
Division Championships 2002-03, 2003-04

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Franchise history

Early years

In the late 1980s, the NHL announced that it would expand. Two rival groups from the Tampa/St. Petersburg area decided to bid for a franchise--a St. Petersburg-based group fronted by future Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes management Peter Karmanos and Jim Rutherford and a Tampa-based group fronted by two Hall of Famers, Phil and Tony Esposito. Tampa redirects here. ... For other uses, see St. ... The Hartford Whalers (known as the New England Whalers as a World Hockey Association (WHA) franchise from 1972-79), was a National Hockey League (NHL) team that played from 1979-97. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... Peter Karmanos, Jr. ... James Earl Jim Rutherford (born February 17, 1949, in Beeton, Ontario) is a former goaltender in the National Hockey League who played for the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Los Angeles Kings in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Hockey Hall of Fame logo The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with interactive activities. ... Philip Anthony Espo Esposito, OC (born February 20, 1942 in Sault Ste. ... Anthony James Esposito (born April 23, 1943 in Sault Ste. ...


On paper, it looked like the Karmanos/Rutherford group was the frontrunner. Not only was the Karmanos/Rutherford group better financed, but Esposito's American partners had backed out a few months before the bid, forcing him to recruit a consortium of Japanese businesses headed by golf course owner Kokusai Green. However, according to former NHL president Gil Stein, the St. Petersburg group wanted to pay only $29 million before starting play, while the Esposito group did not question the $50 million expansion fee.[1] The Esposito group got the franchise. This article is about the sport. ... Gil Stein is a former NHL President (1992-1993). ...


After being awarded the franchise, the team's management brought in star power before they had any players. Phil Esposito installed himself as president and general manager, while Tony became chief scout. Terry Crisp, who played for the Philadelphia Flyers when they won two Stanley Cups in the mid-1970s, and coached the Calgary Flames to a Cup in 1989, was tapped as the first head coach. The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... Terry Crisp (b. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The Calgary Flames are a professional hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and play out of the Pengrowth Saddledome. ... The 1988-89 NHL season was the 72nd season of the National Hockey League. ...


Phil Esposito initially attempted to recreate the mystique from the powerhouse Bruins of the 70s; he hired former linemate Wayne Cashman as an assistant coach, former Bruin trainer John "Frosty" Forristal as the team's trainer, and the inaugural team photo has him flanked by Cashman and player Ken Hodge, Jr., son of his other Bruins' linemate. The team turned heads in the preseason when Manon Rhéaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game, making her first of two NHL appearances in an exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues. Wayne Cashman (born June 24, 1945) is a Canadian NHL coach and former player. ... Ken Hodge, Jr. ... Manon Rhéaume at the 1998 Winter Olympics. ... The St. ...

Tampa Bay's previous primary logo: 1993-2007
Tampa Bay's previous primary logo: 1993-2007

The Lightning first took the ice on October 7, 1992, playing in Tampa's tiny 11,000-seat Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. They shocked the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 7-3 with four goals by little-known Chris Kontos — a scoring mark unmatched by any Lightning player. The Lightning shot to the top of the Norris Division within a month, behind Kontos' initial torrid scoring pace and a breakout season by forward Brian Bradley, before faltering to finish in last place. Their 53 points in 1992-93, however, was one of the best showings ever by an NHL expansion team, and Bradley's 42 goals gave Tampa Bay fans optimism for the next season; it would be a team record until the 2006-07 season when Vincent Lecavalier passed it with a career high 52 goals. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1992-93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Expo Hall is an indoor arena located at the Florida State Fairground in Tampa, Florida. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Chris Kontos was a NHL forward who is best known for his surprising 9 goals in 11 playoff games while he was a member of the Los Angeles Kings. ... The NHLs Norris Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Prince of Wales Conference. ... Brian Bradley was a professional hockey player from Kitchener, Ontario. ... Vincent Lecavalier (born April 21, 1980 Ile Bizard, Quebec) is a French Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. ...


The following season saw the Lightning move to the Florida Suncoast Dome (a building originally designed for baseball) in St. Petersburg, which was reconfigured for hockey and renamed "the Thunderdome." The team picked up goaltender Darren Puppa, left-wing goal scorer Petr Klima and aging sniper Denis Savard. While Puppa's play resulted in a significant improvement in goals allowed, Savard was long past his prime and Klima's scoring was offset by his defensive lapses. The Lightning finished last in the Atlantic Division. Another disappointing season followed in the lockout-shortened 1995 season. Still, the Lightning appeared to be far ahead of their expansion brethren, the Ottawa Senators. In marked contrast to the Lightning, the Senators showed almost no sign of respectability in their first four seasons. Tropicana Field is a domed stadium in St. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... Darren Puppa was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada. ... In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition... Petr Klima (born December 23, 1964 in Chomutov, Czechoslovakia) was a forward in the National Hockey League. ... Denis Joseph Savard (born February 4, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League from 1980 to 1997. ... The 1994-95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... For other uses, see Ottawa Senators (disambiguation). ...


From Great Success to Utter Failure

In their fourth season, 1995-96, with Bradley still leading the team in scoring, second-year Alexander Selivanov scoring 31 goals, and Roman Hamrlik (the team's first-ever draft choice in 1992) having an all-star year on defense, the Bolts finally qualified for the post-season playoffs, nosing out the defending Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils for the 8th spot in the East. Although they lost their first-round series in six games to the Philadelphia Flyers, it still remains a magical season for Lightning fans. The Thunderdome crowd of 28,183 at the April 23 playoff game against the Flyers was the most for any NHL game, a record that stood until the 2003 Heritage Classic in Edmonton. The 1995-96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Alexander Selivanov (born 23 March 1971) is a professional ice hockey right winger who has played in the NHL and also in various Euopean leagues. ... Roman Hamrlik (April 12, 1974 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey player who plays for the National Hockey Leagues New York Islanders. ... The 1992 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 20th at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Gretzky and Lafleur at the ceremonial faceoff A group photo of the MegaStars, joined by Raj Binder, far left The Heritage Classic was an outdoor ice hockey game played on November 22, 2003 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens. ... For other places with the same name, see Edmonton (disambiguation). ...


The Lightning picked up sniper Dino Ciccarelli from the Detroit Red Wings during the 1996 off-season, and he did not disappoint, scoring 35 goals in the 1996-97, with Chris Gratton notching another 30. The team debuted a glittering new arena, the Ice Palace (now the St. Pete Times Forum) and appeared destined for another playoff spot. Then, the injury bug bit. Puppa developed back trouble that would limit him to total of 50 games from 1996 until his retirement in 2000. Bradley also lost time to injury, playing only 49 games in the next three seasons. Center John Cullen developed cancer, from which he eventually recovered. Decimated by these injuries and illnesses, the Lightning narrowly missed the playoffs. It would be seven years before the Lightning would even come close to the playoffs again. Dino Ciccarelli (born on 8 February 1960 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) was a professional hockey player. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Chris Gratton {b. ... The St. ... The 1999-2000 NHL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Centre in hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is down the centre of the area. ... John Cullen (born August 2, 1964 in Puslinch, Ontario, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey centre who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League between 1988-89 and 1998-99. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ...


Most of the Lightning's stars from those first few seasons would be gone by 1998 due to free agency and trades by Phil Esposito which ended up backfiring. The Lightning spent the end of the 1990s in the cellar of the NHL. Crisp was fired eleven games into the 1997-98 season and replaced by Jacques Demers. Though Demers had presided over the resurgence of the Detroit Red Wings in the 1980s and helmed a Stanley Cup run in Montreal in 1993, he was unable to change the team's fortunes. The Lightning lost 55 games in 1997-98, 54 in 1998-99, 58 in 1999-2000 and 53 in 2000-01, becoming the first NHL team to post four straight 50-loss seasons. The 1998-99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1997-98 NHL season was the 81st regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Jacques Demers (b. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The 1998-99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 2000-01 NHL season was the 84th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


A major factor in their decline was Kokusai Green. Rumors abounded as early as the team's second season that the Lightning were on the brink of bankruptcy and that the team was part of a money laundering scheme for the yakuza (Japanese crime families). The Internal Revenue Service investigated the team in 1995. Even in their first playoff season, the team was awash in red ink and Kokusai Green wanted to sell. Most of Esposito's trades came because he was under orders to cut the payroll to make the team more attractive on the market. However, the sale was hampered by the fact that many team insiders (including Crisp) didn't know who the owners were; at least one person listed as a major stockholder reportedly didn't even exist.[2] Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ... Money laundering is the practice of engaging in financial transactions in order to conceal the identity, source and destination of the money in question. ... For other uses, see Yakuza (disambiguation). ... Seal of the Internal Revenue Service Tax rates around the world Tax revenue as % of GDP Part of the Taxation series        IRS redirects here. ...


Finally, in 1998, after losing more than $100 million in six years, Kokusai Green sold the team to insurance tycoon and motivational speaker Art Williams. Williams walked into a difficult financial situation. As early as 1997-98, Kokusai Green refused to spend another penny on the team. It was frequently late paying vendors and was behind on state and federal taxes during the last few months of its ownership. In late 1997, Forbes magazine called the Lightning the worst-off franchise in any of the major pro sports, with a debt equal to an astronomical 236% of its value. Even though the Ice Palace was built for hockey and the Lightning were the only major tenant, Forbes called the team's deal with the arena a lemon since it wouldn't result in much revenue for 30 years. [1] Insurance, in law and economics, is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of a contingent loss. ... Arthur L. Williams, Jr. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Like the Japanese, Williams knew very little about hockey. However, he was very visible and outspoken, and immediately pumped an additional $6 million into the team's payroll to turn it around. He also cleared most of the debt left over from the Kokusai Green era. After taking control, Williams publicly assured the Espositos that they were safe--only to fire them two games into the 1998-99 season. Demers became general manager as well as coach. Williams was widely seen as being in over his head and was an easy target for his NHL colleagues, who called him "Jed Clampett" behind his back because of his thick Southern accent and fundamentalist Christian views. Early in the 1998-99 season, the Lightning lost 10 games in a row, all but ending any chance of making the playoffs. Some blame Williams for the slide. He named sophomore Vincent Lecavalier (whom he called hockey's Michael Jordan) as captain, an unprecedented promotion for a player in only his second NHL season. For the 1993 film, see The Beverly Hillbillies (film) The Beverly Hillbillies was an American television program about a hillbilly family transplanted in Southern California. ... Fundamentalist Christianity is a fundamentalist movement, especially within American Protestantism. ... Vincent Lecavalier (born April 21, 1980 Ile Bizard, Quebec) is a French Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ...


Back to Respectability

By the spring of 1999, Williams had seen enough. He hadn't attended a game in some time because "this team broke my heart." He lost $20 million in the 1998-99 season alone — as much money in one year as he'd estimated he could have reasonably lost in five years. [2]

Tampa Bay's previous alternate logo (1993-2007).
Tampa Bay's previous alternate logo (1993-2007).

Williams sold the team for $115 million — $2 million less than he'd paid for the team a year earlier — to Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson, who had also owned the Detroit Vipers of the now-defunct International Hockey League. Davidson had been one of the bidders for the team in 1998, losing to Williams. Davidson remained in Detroit, but appointed Tom Wilson as team president to handle day-to-day management of the team. Wilson immediately fired Demers, who despite his best efforts (and fatherly attitude toward Lecavalier) was unable to overcome the damage from the Kokusai Green ownership. Wilson persuaded Ottawa Senators general manager Rick Dudley to take over as the Lightning's new general manager. Dudley brought Vipers coach Steve Ludzik in as the Lightning's new coach. Wilson, Dudley and Ludzik had helped make the Vipers one of the premier minor league hockey franchises, and they'd won a Turner Cup in only their third season in Detroit (the team had originally been in Salt Lake City). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... William Morse Davidson, J.D., (born 1923, in Detroit, Michigan), is an entrepreneur and professional sports owner. ... The Detroit Vipers were an International Hockey League team. ... The International Hockey League (IHL) was a professional ice hockey league in the United States and Canada from 1945 to 2001. ... For other uses, see Ottawa Senators (disambiguation). ... Rick Dudley was born on 31 January, 1949 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Steve Ludzik (born April 3, 1961 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired former professional ice hockey player and coach who currently works as a television analyst for The Score. ... For the article about International Humanitarian Law, click here. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ...


However, as had been the case with Demers, the damage from the last few seasons under Kokusai Green was too much for Ludzik to overcome, even with a wholesale transfer of talent from Detroit to Tampa (a move that eventually doomed the Vipers, who folded along with the IHL in 2001). He was replaced in early 2001 by career NHL assistant John Tortorella. The 2001-02 season, Tortorella's first full year, saw some improvement. While finishing far out of playoff contention, the Lightning at least showed some signs of life, earning more than 60 points for the first time since 1997. Tortorella stripped Lecavalier of the captaincy due to contract negotiations that had made the young center miss the start of ’01-’02. John Tortorella (Born: June 24, 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA-) is an American and former rightwinger in the NCAA and ACHL and current head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, with whom he won the Stanley Cup along with the Jack Adams Award for best coach in 2004. ... The 2001-02 NHL season was the 85th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


Two Dream Seasons — and Lord Stanley's Cup

With the 2002-03 season, the Lightning's youthful roster exceeded expectations. The young team was led by the goaltending of Nikolai Khabibulin and the scoring efforts of Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal, Fredrik Modin and Brad Richards, and boasted a new captain, NHL journeyman Dave Andreychuk. Throughout the season, the Lightning battled the Washington Capitals for first place in the Southeast Division. They finished with 93 points, breaking the 90-point barrier for the first time in team history. They won the division by just one point, giving them home-ice advantage in their first round matchup with Washington. The 2002-03 NHL season was the 86th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin (Russian: , Nikolaj Ivanovič Chabibulin; born January 13, 1973 in Sverdlovsk, USSR, now Yekaterinburg, Russia), nicknamed the Bulin Wall,[2] is an NHL goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks. ... Martin St. ... Ice hockey player Ruslan Fedotenko (Руслан Федотенко) was born January 18, 1979 in Kiev, Ukraine. ... Vaclav Prospal (born February 17, 1975 in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic) is a professional ice hockey leftwinger who plays for the National Hockey Leagues Anaheim Mighty Ducks. ... Fredrik Modin (born October 8, 1974 in Sundsvall, Sweden) is a Swedish ice hockey left winger. ... Bradley Glenn Richards (born May 2, 1980 in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. ... David John Dave Andreychuk was born on the 29th of September, 1963, in Hamilton, Ontario and is a professional hockey player in the NHL, currently assigned to the Springfield Falcons after starting the 2005-2006 season playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...


The Lightning's defeat of the Capitals in a six-game series advanced them to the conference semifinals for the first time in team history. In the quarterfinals the Lightning won only one game, losing the series to the New Jersey Devils. The Devils went on to win the Stanley Cup, but the team's return to the post-season pleased the long-suffering hockey fans of the Tampa Bay area. The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ...


The Lightning roared through the 2003-04 regular season, finishing with 106 points, second-best in the league after the West's Detroit Red Wings--the first 100-point season in franchise history. Few NHL teams have come so far so fast. Remarkably, the Lightning went through the season with only 20 man-games lost to injury. In the first round of the playoffs, the Lightning ousted the Alexei Yashin-led New York Islanders in 5 games, with solid play from goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... Alexei Valeryevich Yashin (Алексей Валерьевич Яшин, Aleksej Valerjevič Jašin, born in Sverdlovsk, USSR, now Yekaterinburg, Russia, on November 5, 1973) is a professional hockey player who has signed on to play for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. ... Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin (Russian: , Nikolaj Ivanovič Chabibulin; born January 13, 1973 in Sverdlovsk, USSR, now Yekaterinburg, Russia), nicknamed the Bulin Wall,[2] is an NHL goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks. ...


In the second round, the Lightning faced the Montreal Canadiens, captained by Saku Koivu. Lecavalier, Richards, and Khabibulin led the team to a 4 game sweep of the Montreal. They next faced Keith Primeau and his Philadelphia Flyers in the conference finals. After a tightly-fought seven-game series in which neither team was able to win consecutive games, Fredrik Modin notched the winning goal of the seventh and deciding game, earning the Eastern Conference Championship for the Lightning and their first-ever berth in the Stanley Cup finals. The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Saku Antero Koivu (born November 23, 1974 in Turku, Finland) is a professional ice hockey player, and plays centre for the Montreal Canadiens as the current team captain. ... Keith Primeau (born November 24, 1971, in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Fredrik Modin (born October 8, 1974 in Sundsvall, Sweden) is a Swedish ice hockey left winger. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...


Tampa Bay's opponent in the final round was the Calgary Flames, captained by Jarome Iginla. The final round also went the full seven games, with the deciding game played in the Forum on June 7, 2004. Ruslan Fedotenko was the Game 7 hero this time, scoring both Lightning goals in the 2-1 victory. Brad Richards, who had 26 points, won the Conn Smythe Trophy; in all 31 contests in which he had scored a goal since the opening of the season, the Lightning did not lose a single game. Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year. Only three years after losing 50 games, the Lightning became the southernmost team ever to win the Stanley Cup, as well as the third-fastest to win the trophy (in only their 12th year of existence). Martin St. Louis led the team and the NHL with 94 points (and his 38 goals were second-most after the 41 of tied trio Iginla, Rick Nash and Ilya Kovalchuk), and won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player. St. Louis also won the Lester B. Pearson Award for league's most outstanding player as voted by the NHL Players' Association, and tied the Vancouver Canucks' Marek Malik for the NHL Plus/Minus Award. The Calgary Flames are a professional hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and play out of the Pengrowth Saddledome. ... Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla [1], commonly known as Jarome Iginla, (born July 1, 1977 in St. ... is the 158th day of the year (159th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Ice hockey player Ruslan Fedotenko (Руслан Федотенко) was born January 18, 1979 in Kiev, Ukraine. ... Bradley Glenn Richards (born May 2, 1980 in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. ... Conn Smythe Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most valuable player during the National Hockey Leagues Stanley Cup playoffs. ... The Jack Adams Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his teams success. ... Martin St. ... Richard Rick Nash (born June 16, 1984, in Brampton, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey Left Wing in the NHL, playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets. ... Ilya Valeryevich Kovalchuk (Russian: Илья Валерьевич Ковальчук, Ilja Valerjevič Kovalčuk; born April 15, 1983, in Tver, USSR) is a professional ice hockey player. ... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ... Lester B. Pearson Award on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Lester B. Pearson Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey Leagues outstanding player in the regular season, as judged by members of the NHL Players Association (NHLPA). ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Marek Malík (born June 23, 1975 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic) is an ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The NHL Plus-Minus Award is awarded annually to the player in the National Hockey League that leads the league in plus/minus. ...


The Lightning had to wait a year to defend their title due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout, but in 2005-06 they finished the season with only 92 points, entered the playoffs as the lowest seed in the East, and lost to the Ottawa Senators 4 games to 1 in the first round. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... For other uses, see Ottawa Senators (disambiguation). ...


2006-07 season

During the offseason, the Lightning traded Fredrik Modin and Fredrik Norrena, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for goaltender Marc Denis, to replace John Grahame, who had served as the Lightning's goaltender throughout most of the 2005-06 season, as he left the team, and signed with the Carolina Hurricanes. Free agent Johan Holmqvist would eventually get the majority of playing time, and most of the club's wins. The first half of the 2006-07 NHL Season was rocky for the Lightning, maintaining an 18-19-2 record throughout the first few months. January and February were far better months for the team, going 9-4-0 in January, and 9-2-2 in February, getting them back into the thick of things in the playoff race. 14 games in March were split even, and on March 16, 2007, Vincent Lecavalier broke the franchise record for most points in a season, with 95 (finishing with 108). The record was previously held by Martin St. Louis, who had set the record in the 2003-04 Stanley Cup Championship year. Lecavalier also broke the franchise's goal scoring record, finishing with a league-leading 52 goals. Fredrik Modin (born October 8, 1974 in Sundsvall, Sweden) is a Swedish ice hockey left winger. ... Fredrik Norrena (born November 29, 1973 in Jakobstad, Finland) is a Finland-Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender. ... The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. ... Marc Denis (born August 1, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec) is a professional ice hockey goaltender playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. ... John Grahame (born August 31, 1975) is a goaltender in the National Hockey League. ... The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... Johan Holmqvist (born May 24, 1978 in Tierp, Sweden) is a Swedish ice hockey goaltender. ... The 2006-07 NHL season was the 89th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Vincent Lecavalier (born April 21, 1980 Ile Bizard, Quebec) is a French Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. ... Martin St. ...


The Lightning were busy during the final weeks before the NHL Trade Deadline, acquiring wingers Kyle Wanvig, Stephen Baby, and defensemen Shane O'Brien. Former first round pick Nikita Alexeev was traded on the day of the deadline to the Chicago Blackhawks. Other new additions for the team during the season were Filip Kuba, Luke Richardson, and Doug Janik. Veteran Andre Roy, who had won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004, was claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kyle Wanvig {b. ... Stephen Baby (born January 31, 1980, in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American professional ice hockey winger. ... Shane OBrien (born August 9, 1983) is a Canadian defenceman for Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. ... Nikita Alexeev (b. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Filip Kuba (born December 29, 1976, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia) is a professional Ice Hockey Defenseman in the NHL, playing for the Minnesota Wild. ... Luke Richardson (born 26 March 1969 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for the Ottawa Senators of the NHL. // Luke Richardson was selected 7th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. ... Doug Janik (born March 26, 1980 in Agawam, Massachusetts) is a professional ice hockey defensman who is currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL. Janik was drafted 55th overall in the 2nd round by the Sabres in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. ... Andre Roy (born February 8, 1975 in Port Chester, New York) is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays left wing for the National Hockey Leagues Pittsburgh Penguins. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


Throughout March, the Lightning had been switching places with the Atlanta Thrashers for first place in the Southeast Division. With a chance to overtake the Thrashers one final time and once again become division champions for the third time in team history, on April 6, 2007, in the final week of the regular season, the Lighting suffered a loss to the Florida Panthers, the night before the season finale in Atlanta. That same night, the Thrashers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, and clinched the division. For the Lightning, this meant having to settle for the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference, with a final record of 43-33-5 (93 points). The Atlanta Thrashers are a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For the animal species by this name, see Florida Panther. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... Eastern Conference logo, circa 2006 French version of the Eastern Conference logo The Eastern Conference is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League (NHL) used to divide teams. ...


The Lightning were eliminated from playoff competition on April 22, (4 games to 2), after a 3-2 home loss to the New Jersey Devils in game six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.


2007 offseason

On August 7, 2007, Absolute Hockey Enterprises, a group led by Doug MacLean, announced it had signed a purchase agreement for the team and the leasehold on the St. Pete Times Forum. MacLean is the former president and general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets and former head coach for both the Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers. The purchase must still be approved by the NHL which is expected to occur in late September. The group has announced that they plan to keep the team in Tampa. is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Doug MacLean born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island on April 12, 1954 Current president/general manager and ex-head coach of the National Hockey Leagues Columbus Blue Jackets and former head coach of the Florida Panthers. ... Leasehold is a form of property tenure where one party buys the right to occupy land or a building for a given length of time. ... The St. ... The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. ... For the animal species by this name, see Florida Panther. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ...


Team Colors and Mascot

Since starting play, the Lightning colors have been blue, black and white. Their logo has been a stylized lightning bolt. This is the origin of one nickname for the team – the 'Bolts'.

2007-08 jerseys

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2007-08 Logo and Jerseys

Like all NHL teams for the 2007-08 season, the Lightning will be using the new Rbk Edge jerseys. Like several other NHL teams, the Lightning have updated their logo for the 2007-08 season.


The Lightning unveiled their new logo on August 25, 2007. The new logo is similar to the old one, but with a more modern look. The new logo also kept the same theme as the previous one by having "Tampa Bay" written on it, but without the word "Lightning". is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


ThunderBug

The Lightning mascot is a lightning bug named ThunderBug. He performs at games and makes appearances in the community. According to the Lightning website [3], his hobbies include "wrestling Florida Panthers, Shark fishing, hunting Mighty Ducks, trap shooting Thrashers and Carolina Hog tying.". For the science fiction television series, see Firefly (TV series). ...


Lightning Girls

The Lightning also utilize a dance team known as the Lightning Girls[4] at all home games and community events. The Tampa Bay Lightning Girls are a group of dancers who perform in the stands and clean the ice during breaks. Very few of the girls can actually skate (see bios).


Season-by-season record

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Lightning. For the full season-by-season history, see Tampa Bay Lightning seasons It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Tampa Bay Lightning. ...


Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes


Records as of February 6, 2007. [3]

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2001-02 82 27 40 11 4 69 178 219 1072 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify
2002-03 82 36 25 16 5 93 219 210 1079 1st, Southeast Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1-4 (Devils)
2003-04 82 46 22 8 6 106 245 192 985 1st, Southeast Stanley Cup Champions, 4-3 (Flames)
2004-05 Season canceled due to 2004-05 NHL Lockout
2005-061 82 43 33 6 92 252 260 947 2nd, Southeast Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Senators)
2006-07 82 44 33 5 93 253 261 708 2nd, Southeast Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2-4 (Devils)
2007-08 19 10 8 1 0 21 65 57 2nd, Southeast
Totals 1119 416 554 113 38 977 2929 3516 18625
1 As of the 2005-06 NHL season, all games will have a winner; the OTL column includes SOL (Shootout losses).

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Notable players

Current roster

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Goaltenders
# Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
30 Flag of Canada Marc Denis L 2006 Montreal, Quebec
40 Flag of Sweden Johan Holmqvist L 2006 Tierp, Sweden
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
3 Flag of the United States Doug Janik L 2006 Agawam, Massachusetts
22 Flag of Canada Dan Boyle (IR) R 2001 Ottawa, Ontario
37 Flag of Canada Brad Lukowich L 2007 Cranbrook, British Columbia
39 Flag of the United States Mike Lundin L 2004 Apple Valley, Minnesota
54 Flag of Canada Paul Ranger L 2002 Whitby, Ontario
55 Flag of Canada Shane O'Brien L 2007 Port Hope, Ontario
71 Flag of the Czech Republic Filip Kuba L 2006 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
4 Flag of Canada Vincent LecavalierA C L 1998 Ile Bizard, Quebec
7 Flag of Canada Michel Ouellet RW R 2007 Rimouski, Quebec
16 Flag of Canada Jason Ward RW R 2007 Chapleau, Ontario
17 Flag of the Czech Republic Jan Hlavac LW L 2007 Prague, Czechoslovakia
19 Flag of Canada Brad RichardsA C L 1998 Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island
20 Flag of the Czech Republic Vaclav Prospal RW L 2005 Ceske Budejovice, Czechoslovakia
21 Flag of Canada Mathieu Darche LW L 2007 Saint-Laurent, Quebec
24 Flag of Sweden Andreas Karlsson C L 2006 Ludvika, Sweden
26 Flag of Canada Martin St. LouisA RW L 2000 Laval, Quebec
27 Flag of Canada Tim TaylorC (IR) C L 2001 Stratford, Ontario
29 Flag of Canada Craig MacDonald C/LW L 2007 Antigonish, Nova Scotia
34 Flag of Canada Ryan Craig C L 2002 Abbotsford, British Columbia
36 Flag of the United States André Roy RW L 2006 Port Chester, New York
74 Flag of Canada Nick Tarnasky C L 2003 Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
77 Flag of Canada Chris Gratton C L 2007 Brantford, Ontario

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Team captains


Paul Ysebaert (born May 15, 1966, in Sarnia, Ontario) is a former professional ice hockey player. ... Mikael Renberg (born May 5, 1972 in Piteå, Sweden) is a professional ice hockey player with the Toronto Maple Leafs. ... Rob Zamuner is a NHL ice hockey player most recently with the Boston Bruins. ... Bill Houlder (born March 11, 1967 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. ... Chris Gratton {b. ... Vincent Lecavalier (born April 21, 1980 Ile Bizard, Quebec) is a French Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. ... David John Dave Andreychuk was born on the 29th of September, 1963, in Hamilton, Ontario and is a professional hockey player in the NHL, currently assigned to the Springfield Falcons after starting the 2005-2006 season playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. ... Tim Taylor (born February 6, 1969 in Stratford, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey Centre/Left Wing who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL. Taylor has won two Stanley Cup Championships with the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. ...

Honored Members

Hall of Famers: The Lightning have had one Hall of Famer as a player, Denis Savard (C, 1993-95) was inducted in 2000 (as a Player) for his NHL career. Denis Joseph Savard (born February 4, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League from 1980 to 1997. ...


Retired numbers: The Lightning have not retired any numbers. However, Wayne Gretzky's number 99 was retired league-wide February 6, 2000. Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born 26 January 1961 in Brantford, Ontario) is a retired Canadian-American professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ... (Redirected from 2000 NHL All-Star Game) The 50th National Hockey League All-Star Game was part of the 1999-2000 NHL season, and took place in Torontos Air Canada Centre on February 6, 2000. ...


First-round draft picks


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Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.


Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Lightning player

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Vincent Lecavalier* C 629 233 277 510 .81
Brad Richards* C 490 132 306 438 .89
Martin St. Louis* RW 457 179 223 402 .88
Brian Bradley C 328 111 189 300 .92
Fredrik Modin LW 445 145 141 286 .64
Vaclav Prospal* C 324 79 190 269 .83
Chris Gratton* C 404 88 148 236 .58
Pavel Kubina D 531 65 144 209 .39
Rob Zamuner LW 475 84 116 200 .42
Roman Hamrlik D 377 52 133 185 .49

Vincent Lecavalier (born April 21, 1980 Ile Bizard, Quebec) is a French Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. ... Bradley Glenn Richards (born May 2, 1980 in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. ... Martin St. ... Brian Bradley was a professional hockey player from Kitchener, Ontario. ... Fredrik Modin (born October 8, 1974 in Sundsvall, Sweden) is a Swedish ice hockey left winger. ... Vaclav Prospal (born February 17, 1975 in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic) is a professional ice hockey leftwinger who plays for the National Hockey Leagues Anaheim Mighty Ducks. ... Chris Gratton {b. ... Pavel Kubina (born April 15, 1977, in Čeladná, Czechoslovakia) is a defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. He has earned a reputation as a solid top-pairing defenseman in the league, especially after his play as a major component on the blueline in helping the Tampa Bay... Rob Zamuner is a NHL ice hockey player most recently with the Boston Bruins. ... Roman Hamrlik (April 12, 1974 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey player who plays for the National Hockey Leagues New York Islanders. ...

NHL awards and trophies

Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...

  • 2003-04

Prince of Wales Trophy The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... This article is about the trophy. ...

  • 2003-04

Art Ross Trophy The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Art Ross Trophy on display at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. ...

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Martin St. ... The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. ...

Conn Smythe Trophy John Cullen (born August 2, 1964 in Puslinch, Ontario, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey centre who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League between 1988-89 and 1998-99. ... The 1998-99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Conn Smythe Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most valuable player during the National Hockey Leagues Stanley Cup playoffs. ...

Lester B. Pearson Award Bradley Glenn Richards (born May 2, 1980 in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. ... The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Lester B. Pearson Award on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Lester B. Pearson Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey Leagues outstanding player in the regular season, as judged by members of the NHL Players Association (NHLPA). ...

Hart Memorial Trophy Martin St. ... The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Hart Memorial Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the ice hockey player who is most valuable to his team in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ...

Jack Adams Award Martin St. ... The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Jack Adams Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his teams success. ...

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy John Tortorella (Born: June 24, 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA-) is an American and former rightwinger in the NCAA and ACHL and current head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, with whom he won the Stanley Cup along with the Jack Adams Award for best coach in 2004. ... The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League hockey player voted to have shown the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with performance in play. ...

NHL Plus/Minus Award Bradley Glenn Richards (born May 2, 1980 in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. ... The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The NHL Plus-Minus Award is awarded annually to the player in the National Hockey League that leads the league in plus/minus. ...

Rocket Richard Trophy Martin St. ... The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Marek Malík (born June 23, 1975 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic) is an ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... The Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy was donated by the Montreal Canadiens hockey club in 1999 to be awarded annually to the goal-scoring leader during the National Hockey League regular season. ...


Vincent Lecavalier (born April 21, 1980 Ile Bizard, Quebec) is a French Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. ... The 2006-07 NHL season was the 89th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...

Franchise records

Individual
Team

Vincent Lecavalier (born April 21, 1980 Ile Bizard, Quebec) is a French Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. ... Bradley Glenn Richards (born May 2, 1980 in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. ... Vincent Lecavalier (born April 21, 1980 Ile Bizard, Quebec) is a French Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. ... Enrico Ciccone (born April 10, 1970 in Montreal, Quebec) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenseman. ... Roman Hamrlik (April 12, 1974 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey player who plays for the National Hockey Leagues New York Islanders. ... Bradley Glenn Richards (born May 2, 1980 in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. ... Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin (Russian: , Nikolaj Ivanovič Chabibulin; born January 13, 1973 in Sverdlovsk, USSR, now Yekaterinburg, Russia), nicknamed the Bulin Wall,[2] is an NHL goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks. ... Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin (Russian: , Nikolaj Ivanovič Chabibulin; born January 13, 1973 in Sverdlovsk, USSR, now Yekaterinburg, Russia), nicknamed the Bulin Wall,[2] is an NHL goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks. ...

See also

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Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... National Hockey League The list of National Hockey League (NHL) players is divided into the following lists: By specific groups Current players List of every NHL player List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame List of NHL... A list of National Hockey League seasons since inception of the league: 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27 | 1927-28 | 1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36... The Stanley Cup This is a list of Stanley Cup champions, including the finalists/challengers. ...

References

  1. ^ Stein, Gil (1997). Power Plays: An Inside Look at the Big Business of the National Hockey League, pp. 86-92. 
  2. ^ Duhatschek, Eric et al. (2001). Hockey Chronicles. New York City: Checkmark Books. ISBN 0816046972. 
  3. ^ Hockeydb.com, Tampa Bay Lightning season statistics and records.

External links

  • Official website of the Tampa Bay Lightning
Preceded by
New Jersey Devils
Stanley Cup Champions
2003-04
Succeeded by
Carolina Hurricanes

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Tampa Bay Lightning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2147 words)
Most of the Lightning's stars from those first few seasons would be gone by 1998 due to free agency and questionable trades by Esposito, and most of the young guns they picked up would fail to materialize.
Rumors abounded as early as the team's second season that the Lightning were on the brink of bankruptcy and that the team was being used as a money laundering scheme for Japanese crime families (the yakuza).
The Lightning had to wait a year to defend their title due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout, but as of February 2006 show little sign of departing from the NHL's elite, although they experienced an early first-round playoff exit losing to the Ottawa Senators.
Tampa Bay Lightning - definition of Tampa Bay Lightning in Encyclopedia (835 words)
They hired 1970s Boston Bruins star Phil Esposito (Lightning founder) to be the General Manager, and Terry Crisp, who played for the Philadelphia Flyers when they won two Stanley Cups in the mid-1970s, and coached the Calgary Flames to a Stanley Cup in 1989, to sit behind the bench.
By 2003 the Lightning, led by the goaltending of Nikolai Khabibulin and the bi-line efforts of Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal found themselves atop the Southeast Division and in the playoffs for the first time in seven years.
After their breakout season in 2003, the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the 2003-2004 season atop the Eastern Conference standings with a franchise record 106 points.
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