About Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning compete as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club has won one Stanley Cup championship in their history, in 2003–04. The team is often referred to as the Bolts, and the nickname was used on the former third jerseys. The Lightning plays home games in Amalie Arena in Tampa.
The owner of the Lightning is Jeffrey Vinik, while Julien BriseBois serves as general manager. The team is currently coached by Jon Cooper, who has led the team since 2013. Since 2010, 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.”
The name “Tampa Bay” is often used to describe a geographic metropolitan area which encompasses the cities around the body of water known as Tampa Bay, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, and Sarasota. Unlike in the case of Green Bay, Wisconsin, there is no municipality known as “Tampa Bay”. The “Tampa Bay” in the names of local professional sports franchises, such as the Lightning, Rowdies, Rays, Buccaneers, and the former Storm and Mutiny, denotes that they represent the entire region, not just the city of Tampa.
On September 11, 2018, it was announced that Steve Yzerman would be resigning from his position as general manager, and Julien BriseBois would be currently taking his place. During the 2018–19 season, the Lightning clinched their first Presidents’ Trophy and second consecutive division title after a 4–1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Winning their final regular season game against the Boston Bruins, the Lightning finished with 62 wins, tying the NHL record for most wins in a season. However, in the first round of the playoffs, they were swept in four games by the Columbus Blue Jackets, becoming the first Presidents’ Trophy winner to be swept in the first round of the playoffs.
Until the 2019–20 season, an official dance team known as the Lightning Girls performed at all home games and community events. The Tampa Bay Lightning Girls were a group of dancers who performed in the stands.
Tampa Bay Lightning Roster 2020
81 Slovakia Erik Cernak D R 22 2017 Košice, Slovakia
71 Canada Anthony Cirelli C L 22 2015 Woodbridge, Ontario
55 Canada Braydon Coburn D L 34 2015 Calgary, Alberta
37 Canada Yanni Gourde LW L 28 2014 Saint-Narcisse, Quebec
77 Sweden Victor Hedman (A) D L 29 2009 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
9 United States Tyler Johnson C R 29 2011 Spokane, Washington
17 Canada Alex Killorn C L 30 2007 Halifax, Nova Scotia
86 Russia Nikita Kucherov RW L 26 2011 Maykop, Russia
14 United States Patrick Maroon LW L 31 2019 St. Louis, Missouri
27 United States Ryan McDonagh (A) D L 30 2018 St. Paul, Minnesota
35 Canada Curtis McElhinney G L 36 2019 London, Ontario
18 Czech Republic Ondrej Palat LW L 28 2011 Frýdek-Místek, Czechoslovakia
13 Canada Cedric Paquette C L 26 2012 Gaspé, Quebec
21 Canada Brayden Point C R 23 2014 Calgary, Alberta
44 Czech Republic Jan Rutta D R 29 2019 Písek, Czechoslovakia
98 Russia Mikhail Sergachev D L 21 2017 Nizhnekamsk, Russia
22 United States Kevin Shattenkirk D R 30 2019 New Rochelle, New York
91 Canada Steven Stamkos (C) C R 29 2008 Markham, Ontario
88 Russia Andrei Vasilevskiy G L 25 2012 Tyumen, Russia
23 Canada Carter Verhaeghe C L 24 2017 Toronto, Ontario
Tampa Bay Lightning retired numbers No. Player Position Career Date of retirement
4 Vincent Lecavalier C 1998–2013 February 10, 2018
26 Martin St. Louis RW 2000–2014 January 13, 2017
The NHL retired Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99 for all its member teams at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game.
Paul Ysebaert, 1995–1997
Mikael Renberg, 1997–1998
Rob Zamuner, 1998–1999
Bill Houlder, 1999
Chris Gratton, 1999–2000
Vincent Lecavalier, 2000–2001, 2008–2013
Dave Andreychuk, 2002–2006
Tim Taylor, 2006–2008
Martin St. Louis, 2013–2014
Steven Stamkos, 2014–present.