The Tampa Bay Lightning are an NHL franchise based out of Tampa, Florida that plays in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay was granted a team as a 1992 expansion, nicknamed for the fact that the city is unofficially known as the “Lightning Capital of the World.” The team currently plays their games at the downtown Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Since their establishment in the 1990’s, the Lightning have consistently been one of the most dangerous teams in the National Hockey League. The existence of the Tampa Bay franchise is highlighted by the team’s 2004 Stanley Cup Finals victory. The ’04 squad was absolutely loaded with some of the biggest names in hockey, everywhere from captain Dave Andreychuk to Martin St. Louis to goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. The Lightning took the Flames to seven games, where they capped off the series with a 2-1 win over Calgary in the elimination game. Today, Tampa Bay is home to one of the most talented players hockey has ever seen. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has been hockey’s most proficient scorer since he entered the league in 2008. Only a six year veteran, the sharp shooter has taken home two Rocket Richard Trophies as the league’s top goal scorer.
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-Stanley Cup Championships: 2003-04
-Retired Numbers: None
-Current Stars: Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, Ondrej Palat
Most popular Tampa Bay Lightning players: Victor Hedman
, Tyler Johnson (NHL)
, Nikita Kucherov