Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida.wikipedia
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2004 Stanley Cup Finals

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The club has won one Stanley Cup championship in their history, in 2003–04.
The Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Western Conference champion Calgary Flames in seven games and were awarded the Stanley Cup.

Jon Cooper (ice hockey)

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The team is currently coached by Jon Cooper, who has led the team since 2013.
Jon Cooper (born August 23, 1967) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey coach who is the head coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Jeffrey Vinik

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The owner of the Lightning is Jeffrey Vinik, while Julien BriseBois serves as general manager.
Jeffrey N. Vinik (born March 22, 1959) is the current owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) and a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox (MLB).

Amalie Arena

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The Lightning plays home games in Amalie Arena in Tampa.
It is home to the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.

Julien BriseBois

The owner of the Lightning is Jeffrey Vinik, while Julien BriseBois serves as general manager.
He is the general manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the National Hockey League (NHL) and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

Atlantic Division (NHL)

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The Lightning compete as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The following season saw the Lightning shift to the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, as well as move into the Florida Suncoast Dome (a building originally designed for baseball) in St. Petersburg, which was reconfigured for hockey and renamed the "ThunderDome."
The Atlantic Division name was assigned to a new division comprising the entirety of the former Northeast Division plus the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning from the now-dissolved Southeast Division, and the Detroit Red Wings, who moved from the Central Division of the Western Conference.

Phil Esposito

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Two rival groups from the Tampa Bay Area decided to bid for a franchise: a St. Petersburg-based group fronted by future Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes owners Peter Karmanos and Jim Rutherford, and a Tampa-based group fronted by two Hall of Famers—Phil Esposito and his brother Tony.
After retiring as a player, Esposito served as head coach and general manager of the New York Rangers before co-founding the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tropicana Field

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The following season saw the Lightning shift to the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, as well as move into the Florida Suncoast Dome (a building originally designed for baseball) in St. Petersburg, which was reconfigured for hockey and renamed the "ThunderDome."
In 1993, the Tampa Bay Lightning moved to the facility and its name was changed to the ThunderDome until the team moved to their new home in downtown Tampa in 1996.

Chris Kontos

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They shocked the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 7–3 with four goals by little-known Chris Kontos.
Kontos is best known for his nine goals in 11 playoff games while he was a member of the Los Angeles Kings and his franchise opening night four-goal performance (with the Tampa Bay Lightning) against that season's Vezina Trophy winner Ed Belfour.

Ken Hodge Jr.

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The inaugural team photo has him flanked by Cashman and player Ken Hodge, Jr., son of his other Bruins' linemate.
Kenneth David Hodge Jr. (born April 13, 1966 in Windsor, Ontario and grew up in Lynnfield, Massachusetts), is a retired American professional ice hockey player for the Minnesota North Stars, Boston Bruins, and Tampa Bay Lightning.

National Hockey League

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The Lightning compete as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
By the turn of the century nine more teams were added to the NHL: the San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers (now Winnipeg Jets), and in 2000 the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Terry Crisp

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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, was tapped as the first head coach.
Crisp coached for 11 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Manon Rhéaume

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The Lightning turned heads in the pre-season when Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game, which also made her the first woman to play in any of the major professional North American sports leagues.
In 1992, Rhéaume signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL, appearing in preseason exhibition games in 1992 and 1993.

Daren Puppa

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The team acquired goaltender Daren Puppa, left wing goal scorer Petr Klima, and veteran forward Denis Savard.
During his career he played for the Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Petr Klíma

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The team acquired goaltender Daren Puppa, left wing goal scorer Petr Klima, and veteran forward Denis Savard.
He played in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tampa, Florida

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida.
Channelside was recently approved to undergo major renovations by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik along with Bill Gates and other investors.

Roman Hamrlík

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In their fourth season, 1995–96, behind Bradley's team-leading 79 points, second-year forward Alexander Selivanov's 31 goals, and Roman Hamrlik's All-Star year on defense, the Lightning finally qualified for the playoffs, posting a 38–32–12 record for 88 points and nosing out the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference by a single win.
He was originally selected first overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, going on to begin his career with the team before later playing for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.

Vezina Trophy

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Due to his stellar play in net, Puppa was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy (losing out to Jim Carey of the Washington Capitals).
The most recent winner is the Tampa Bay Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy in the 2018–19 season.

Alexander Selivanov

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In their fourth season, 1995–96, behind Bradley's team-leading 79 points, second-year forward Alexander Selivanov's 31 goals, and Roman Hamrlik's All-Star year on defense, the Lightning finally qualified for the playoffs, posting a 38–32–12 record for 88 points and nosing out the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference by a single win.
Selivanov never played for Philadelphia, however, and made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning, for whom he played parts of five seasons.

John Cullen

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Center John Cullen developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and missed the last 12 games of the 1996–97 season; he would eventually be forced to retire in 1999.
Barry John Cullen (born August 2, 1964) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Vincent Lecavalier

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The Lightning drafted Vincent Lecavalier in 1998, a player who would be a cornerstone of the team for years to come.
Vincent Lecavalier was the captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 2000–2001 season and between 1998–2013 spent his first 14 NHL seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning before being bought out following the 2012–13 season and signing with the Philadelphia Flyers for $22.5 million over 5 years.

Expo Hall

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The Lightning played their first regular season game on October 7, 1992 in Tampa's tiny 11,000-seat Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
The arena was more famously used by the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning during the team's inaugural season of 1992-1993.

1997–98 NHL season

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Crisp was fired 11 games into the 1997–98 season and replaced by Jacques Demers.
He zeroed the New York Rangers three times, and Los Angeles, Anaheim, Tampa Bay, Boston, Calgary, Washington, Montreal, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Edmonton once each.

Brad Richards

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The lone bright spots in those years were the blossoming of Lecavalier and Brad Richards into NHL stars.
Richards was drafted in the third round, 64th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and played for the Lightning, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings during his National Hockey League (NHL) career.

John Tortorella

Ludzik was replaced in early 2001 by career NHL assistant John Tortorella.
Tortorella was previously the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–2008), the New York Rangers (2009–2013) and the Vancouver Canucks (2013–2014).