Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning ( IPA: [ tæmpə beɪ laɪt.nɪŋ ] ) is an American ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from Tampa in Florida. It was founded on 16 December 1991 and took the start of the 1992/93 season on the game mode. The team colors are blue, white and black.

The Lightning play their home games at Tampa Bay Times Forum and are - according to the Florida Panthers - the most southern -based franchise in the league. After the team failed to qualify for the playoffs only once in the 1990s, they made at the beginning of the new millennium, the connection to the top league. At the end of the season 2003/ 04 they won the first team, which had emerged from the NHL - expansion of the 1990s, the Stanley Cup.

  • 4.1 Sporting achievements
  • 4.2 NHL awards and All-Star Team nominations
  • 4.3 NHL All-Star Game nominations
  • 4.4 season statistics
  • 4.5 Franchise Records 4.5.1 career
  • 4.5.2 season
  • 5.1 Coaches
  • 5.2 General Manager
  • 5.3 Players 5.3.1 squad of 2013/14 season
  • 5.3.2 captains
  • 5.3.3 Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 5.3.4 Locked jersey numbers


Foundation of the franchise

In 1992, the NHL decided to include two more teams in the league: the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning of Florida. Led by NHL legend Phil Esposito operation Tampa Bay intensive lobbying around the room for an expansion team and eventually won the contract. Phil Esposito was named the president of the franchise and Terry Crisp, who had won a few years before the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames, was hired as coach. On 7 October 1992, the Bolts denied their first NHL game and won against the Chicago Blackhawks 7-3. Chris account scored four goals in this game. This is a record for goals scored per game, the up to now could not interrupt a Tampa player. However, the team finished the season with 23 wins in 54 defeats last to his division from.

For next season, the Lightning came out of the small Expo Hall in the larger Thunderdome to St. Petersburg to which had previously also been working as a competitor to Tampa to the franchise. In the first game in the new stadium against the Florida Panthers a record crowd of 27 227 spectators was achieved. Tampa Bay was a 30-43-11 balance again last in the Atlantic Division. In the season 1994/95 were due to a lockout only 48 games played in the NHL and Tampa finished the season as the sixth from the Atlantic Division.

First upswing, sporting and financial problems

The team, led by Brian Bradley, Alexander Selivanov and Roman Hamrlík, the Tampa in 1992 undertook a first pick in the draft, moved into the 1995/96 season for the first time in the club's history in the playoffs one. The first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers lost, but the Bolts presented with 28 183 spectators at the Thunder Dome a new NHL indoor attendance record on. This record was broken during the NHL Heritage Classic in Edmonton in 2003.

In the next few years, the team emerged due to its owner, the Kokusai Green, a consortium of Japanese managers repeatedly in the media. For thinking was that the head of the consortium, Takashi Okubo, did not show up until 1998, in Tampa and have no interest in hockey seemed to have. There were also rumors that the team for money laundering by the Japanese Yakuza was used.

In the 1996/97 season the team moved into a real Hockey Stadium: The Ice Palace in Tampa was opened. However, many stars left the team as a free agent goalie Daren Puppa was injured severely in the groin and the management he did not make a suitable replacement for this team to find props. From 1997/98 to 1999/ 00 was followed by three seasons, each with over 50 lost games per season. This Tampa was the first team in the NHL history, who lost more than 50 games in three consecutive years. In the NHL Entry Draft 1998 Bolts chose the talent Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards in the first place to 65th place of the third draft round. Likewise, the team was sold in 1998 by its owners to Art Williams, because the franchise had accumulated more than 100 million dollars loss in six years. Williams was briefly owner of the franchise, which he sold to the Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson 1999.

In the 2000 /01 season, the Lightning lost to continue most of their games. Fredrik Modin Only, Richards and Lecavalier scored more than 20 goals. Tampa finished the season as Division again from last. On 5 March 2001 goalie Nikolai Chabibulin was committed by the Phoenix Coyotes. With him, defender Stanislav Neckář came in exchange for forward Mike Johnson and defender Paul Mara. Although denied Chabibulin only two games, the team had with this change after a long time a solid goalkeeper. At the end of the season was coach Steve Ludzik, the Detroit Vipers looked after before, replaced by John Tortorella.

Way to the Stanley Cup

2002 Tampa missed the playoffs for the ninth time in a row, although in his division, finished third. This third course was possible because in Tampa Khabibulin had a sure support in the goal and the team under new coach made ​​significant progress.

The 2002/03 season started with Tampa seven games without defeat in the season. Led by Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, who made ​​his breakthrough this season, Tampa won the Southeast Division, one point ahead of the Washington Capitals. The Bolts succeeded this season for the first time the regular season with 90 points to complete. In round one of the playoffs, there was a meeting with the Capitals. Tampa won this hard-fought playoff series finally in 6 games for the first time and reached the second round. There she retired after five games against the New Jersey Devils, won at the end of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In the following season Martin St. Louis was appointed with 91 scorer points to the best scorer of the NHL and the MVP, head coach John Tortorella was named coach of the year, and Tampa Bay was charged with 106 points to the best team in the Eastern Conference and the second-best of League. In round one of the playoffs, the Bolts defeated the New York Islanders 4-1, in round two, the Montreal Canadiens with a 4-0 sweep. In the Conference Finals, they faced the Philadelphia Flyers. It developed a close playoff series, which was only decided in the seventh game. Tampa won thanks Chabibulin who could hold 31 shots against the groups 2-1 and reached the Stanley Cup final. The enemy were there the Calgary Flames. After five games, the series was 3-2 for Calgary. Martin St. Louis scored in the second overtime of the sixth game of the winning goal, forcing a decisive seventh game in Tampa Bay. Before a home crowd Calgary was 2-1, thanks to two goals from Ruslan Fedotenko, and defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning won their first Stanley Cup. Brad Richards was named Conn Smythe Trophy for the MVP of the playoffs and set a new record when he scored nine goals in extensions.

In the 2004/05 season the Bolts could not defend her title as the full season failed due to a player strikes and lockouts.

Sporty descent to the Lockout

In the 2005/06 season, the reigning Stanley Cup champion reached 92 points just the playoffs, where he lost later against the Ottawa Senators in five games. Martin St. Louis with 65 points scorer and was unable to repeat his strong performance from the previous season. Vincent Lecavalier played an average season with 75 points scorer. Alone Brad Richards reached normal form and impressed with 90 points scorer and was nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which he did not won. During the summer break were Johan Holmqvist and Marc Denis with committed two new goalkeepers who were urgently needed, as the goalkeeper of the team of 2005/06 season, John Grahame and veteran Sean Burke, could never really convince. One reason for this was the lack of confidence Tortorellas in his two goalies, who he criticized frequently in public hard. Veteran goalkeeper Sean Burke said this on after playoff loss against the Senators.

The 2006/ 07 was marked by personal success by Vincent Lecavalier: He broke the record of Martin St. Louis with 108 points and was also the top scorer with 52 goals the regular season. His team finished the season in second place in the Southeast Division behind the Atlanta Thrashers. In the first playoff round, the team met the New Jersey Devils. After a 3-2 home defeat she was disqualified in the sixth game of the Conference Quarterfinals.

At the end of the main round of the 2007/08 season the Lightning missed the first time since the 2001/ 02 season, the playoffs. Despite the good performance of the franchise Stars Cavalier, St. Louis and Richards the Bolts reached only 71 points and thus were the worst team in the league. This gave them the best chance to win the draft lottery for the NHL Entry Draft in 2008. It then became the media campaign lakes Stamkos? started in Tampa, as Steve Stamkos was regarded as the biggest talent in the Draft. At the end of the season Tortorella was fired and replaced by Barry Melrose due to the weak sporting cutting.

The 2008/09 season opened the Bolts in the Czech Republic against the New York Islanders. The athletic season was unsatisfactory. The team was second last with 66 points in the Eastern Division - only the New York Islanders accumulated fewer points in the regular season. The only positive was that the Lightning due to the poor placement of the second draft pick in the NHL Entry Draft in 2009 was awarded with the Swedish defender Victor Hedman was selected. Head Coach Berry Melrose was fired during the season.

2009/10 started the team under Rick Tocchet neat and until the beginning of March, the team also stayed in the playoff spots. But after a weak March eleven defeats these places moved into the distance, at the end of the season, the team took place twelve of the Conference. A day after the end of the regular season released the new owner of the franchise, Jeffrey Vinik, both coach Tocchet, and the general manager Brian Lawton. Hockey legend Steve Yzerman was named the new General Manager.

Steve Stamkos, the first pick in 2008, was honored in his second season with the Maurice Richard Trophy as top scorer in the regular season. He shared the prize with Sidney Crosby, both scored 51 goals.

In the summer before the 2010/11 season Yzerman Guy Boucher committed by the Hamilton Bulldogs as their new coach. After three unsuccessful years without playoffs, the team was restructured by the new owner. The team left among other goalkeeper Antero Niittymaki, Alex Tanguay and Kurtis Foster. In exchange for Matt Walker came winger Simon Gagne from the Philadelphia Flyers. Pavel Kubina addition, Dominic Moore and Dan Ellis have been committed and with winger Martin St. Louis of the contract for four more years extended. In the pre-season, the Bolts were in good shape and have won four of six games. In the regular season, the team successfully launched and won four of the first five games. After the start of the season, the Washington Capitals clearly dominated the Southeast Division, the Lightning fought, led by Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, who permanently resided since the beginning of the season among the top five of the best scorers in the league, to December to the capital approach. At the all-star game break the Bolts ranked at number one of their own division with four points ahead of Washington. In the Eastern Conference, the team took second place behind the Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning had at this time a break-even goal difference, despite the clear victory to defeat ratio ( 31 wins, 20 defeats), which can also be explained with the fact that both Mike Smith, Dan Ellis as well, did not convince the target. Then undertook Yzerman on 1 January 2011 the now 41 years old Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders. In exchange, the Islanders defender Ty Wishart from the AHL farm team Norfolk Admirals received.

After the All-Star Game, in which Tampa Bay Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos took part for the team Lidstrom, placed the management of the franchise owner Jeff Vinik and to general manager Steve Yzerman, along with current and former stars of Bolts, as Lecavalier, Stamkos and Andreychuk, that new logo and associated jerseys for the 2011/12 season before. Logo and jerseys are now analyzing mainly of blue and white together, black disappears on both the home kit as well as in the logo. Carry out the changes during the season and not as usual during the summer break, the leaders justified with the fact that at this time ( during the season ) the attention of fans is fixed on the team. Due to the regulations of the NHL the new jerseys the team for the season 2011/12 are introduced.

After a poor March ( five wins, eleven losses) the Lightning Washington were overtaken again in their own division, but the team were due to the large number of previously collected points with significant distance before the third-place Carolina Hurricanes in the second place in the Southeast Division even the playoffs never came really in danger, as the Bolts were never worse placed than sixth place in the Eastern Conference. After the Lightning had early secured a ticket to the playoffs, the team of head coach Boucher finished the main round with three wins and qualified for the first time since the 2006 /07 again for the finals in the NHL. The completed with 103 points main round was the second-best season in franchise history. Even individual players on the team were able to get peak performance. So Steven Stamkos finished the main round as the second- leading scorer behind Anaheim's Corey Perry with 45 gates. With additional 46 templates managed Stamkos, despite slowing performance in the last third of the season, to keep in the top five of the top scorer of the main round, three places behind his strike partner Martin St. Louis, who with 99 points ( 31 goals, 68 assists) short of the 100 -point mark failed.


The Lightning play their home games since 1996 in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, a 19,500 -seat multi-purpose arena, from. Until 2002 it was called the Ice Palace. 2002 bought the St. Petersburg Times, the naming rights to the arena, this will last until 2014. The company pays for the entire duration of 12 years, 25.2 million U.S. dollars.

The first year the club played in the Expo Hall, at the hockey events had a capacity of 10,425 seats. For the 1993/94 season they moved to the Thunderdome. From the outset it was clear that it could only be a temporary solution. The stadium, which was built for baseball and football, offered at the hockey events well over 25,000 viewers a place, but no vorfanden Optimal conditions. 1996 could finally move into the Ice Palace and there find the long-sought home.

Farm team

For the Lightning, as to all other NHL teams, including teams in niederklassigeren leagues, so-called farm teams. In the case of lightning, these are the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League and since 2010 the Florida Everblades in the ECHL since 2012. The farm team in the NHL often used to prepare the young players and rookies to the NHL games. The offspring thereby relate the Lightning, like the other clubs, especially about the NHL Entry Draft, annual way of which the most promising young players in the league.

The farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning since 1992:

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

The biggest triumph celebrated the Tampa Bay Lightning at the end of the 2003/04 season as the first team in the NHL expansion of the 1990s was the prestigious Stanley Cup win. This was accompanied by the gain of the Prince of Wales Trophy.

In addition, there are two division titles from the years 2002/ 03 and 2003/ 04 to book.

NHL Awards and All-Star Team nominations

* Together with Sidney Crosby Marek Malik ** together with Trevor Linden *** together with

Since the establishment of franchises succeeded 17 times a player or coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning to win an individual NHL Awards. In addition, managed nine times a player in one of the all - star teams, and another to the All- Rookie team.

The NHL Awards 1996 Player and coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the shortlist had come for the first time trophies. Goalkeeper Daren Puppa was the selection for Vezina Trophy as Coach Terry Crisp was nominated for the Jack Adams Award. 1999 John Cullen then won the first player a trophy, as it the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy was awarded. After the 2003/04 season in which the team could win the Stanley Cup, followed by numerous individual awards for players. Martin St. Louis won four trophies and Brad Richards was awarded twice. As top scorer so far been awarded 51 or 60 hits Vincent Lecavalier in the 2006 /07 with 52 goals and Steven Stamkos in the seasons 2009 /10 and 2011/12.

Brad Richards made ​​it in the 2000 /01 season to be selected All- Rookie Team as so far only in the NHL. After Martin St. Louis was elected to the NHL First All -Star Team in 2004, it acquired after the 2006/07 season three players to the Second All-Star Team. St. Louis made ​​it in 2009/10 to be / 13 re-elected to the Second All-Star Team 2010/11 and 2012.

NHL All-Star Game nominations

* Cancellation for breach ** Participation in the Young Stars Game

A total of 22 players of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been selected by the fans due to their popularity in the All-Star Game or nominated by the coaches because of their achievements.

In the first years of the Lightning, it was customary that each team was represented by at least one player at the All -Star Game. Brian Bradley representing Florida in the first two games. In 1997, Dino Ciccarelli with a template on Mario Lemieux became the first player in the Lightning a point scorer. For the All-Star Game 1999 Tampa Bay was the host of the game. Fredrik Modin reach 2001 four templates. The first scorer from the ranks of the Lightning was Martin St. Louis on his second participation in 2007.

Season statistics

Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Losses after Overtime, SOL = Shootout Losses by, Pts = Points, GF = Goals Scored, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalty minutes

Franchise Records

The following players selected records of the franchise will be listed on both the entire career as well as on individual seasons.


* Active player; Stand by end 2011/12 season




Abbreviations: GC = Matches, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Losses after Overtime, Pts = Points, Win % win rate =

* Change during the current season; Interim coach **

Almost six years gave the management the first coach Terry Crisp, time to form a new team in Tampa. Crisp had been already active in the 1970s as an assistant coach in the NHL and had taken over the Calgary Flames after many years in youth football, 1987. There he won the 1989 Stanley Cup.

With his successors Jacques Demers and Steve Ludzik the club management had not much patience. It was only the fifth coach, John Tortorella, managed to form a team that could actually win the Stanley Cup. Under his leadership, the team was able to finish three seasons in a row with at least 43 victories, especially since Tortorella is so far the only coach the Lightning, who had reached the mark of 40 wins in a season. After a disappointing 2007/08 season, which ended the Lightning in last place, Tortorella was made redundant.

He was succeeded by Barry Melrose, who joined the business coach again after 13 years of abstinence, but after 16 games of the season had to vacate his post. For him, his former assistant Rick Tocchet was initially on an interim basis and later used as a full head coach. Despite a significant increase in the earnings season in the game in 2009/10 also his first playoff qualifiers failed since the era Tortorella. After the season he was fired and replaced on 10 June 2010 by Guy Boucher, who previously successfully the Hamilton Bulldogs had cared for in the American Hockey League.

General Manager

With Phil Esposito team management undertook an NHL legend as the first general manager. The mid-1980s he had held this position for the New York Rangers. He handed over this office in 1998 to Jacques Demers, he had a year earlier brought in as coach. Especially for legal concerns Demers had the former judge Jay Feaster brought in his team. Demers was only for one year. As successors of the club undertook with Rick Dudley the general manager of the Ottawa Senators.

Between Dudley and Feaster led to inconsistencies because Dudley wanted to make Vincent Lecavalier and Feaster this is not supported. To the surprise of many, the management decided against Dudley and made Feaster, who had no hockey background, the new General Manager. Feaster took over more managerial tasks and stood with Bill Barber a hockey expert to the side. They built around the team and could win with the body more pronounced way of playing the 2004 Stanley Cup. After the end of the 2007/08 season in which the team failed to qualify for the playoffs, Feaster presented its position available. The post remained vacant for the time being and the Vice - President for the Hockey Shop, Brian Lawton, assumed the duties of Feaster end of June 2008, before he was officially appointed general manager four months later.

After 2009/ 10, the Lightning Lawton on leave. As a new general manager, they committed Hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman, who had led until February 2010, the Canadian national team as General Manager to the gold medal win at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.


Squad of the 2013/14 season

As of December 3, 2013

Team captains

In the history of the Lightning, there have been ten different players, who held the post of team captain.

In the first three years of existence, Tampa Bay decided not to officially awarded the Office of the team captain. It was not until the 1995/96 season named the team with Paul Ysebaert a captain. After two years, followed by frequent changes. The Swede Mikael Renberg was his successor and the first and so far the only Europeans who held this office. After Rob Zamuner was shared by three players in a season the office. The veteran Dave Andreychuk was back for several seasons captain and led his team to the Stanley Cup. The new captain Vincent Lecavalier also contributed in the past the "C" on the chest. After Lecavaliers Trade to Philadelphia earlier in the season 2013/14 Martin St. Louis had the captaincy held.

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

So far, two players of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been included in the located in Toronto, Canada Hockey Hall of Fame. Striker Denis Savard played from 1993 to 1995 for the Bolts in the National Hockey League and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on 13 November 2000. Dino Ciccarelli winger decreased between 1996 and 1998 for the Lightning on the ice and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 8, 2010.

Locked jersey numbers

The only jersey number 99 of the famous Canadian Wayne Gretzky is the league locked since 6 February 2000 and will therefore no longer be awarded to a player.

First-round voting rights

NHL Entry Draft

Since 1992, the Tampa Bay Lightning had 20 draft rights in the first round of the NHL Entry Drafts, including 13 pieces in the top ten of each vintage.

Twice, in 2009 and 2012, the team from the U.S. state of Florida could select two players in the first round. In the Entry Drafts 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2007, the Lightning had no right to vote in the first round, as they had delivered them before the event in transfer dealings.

At the very first draft of the franchise history, the Bolts had the first right to vote and elected as first -overall pick Roman Hamrlík. 1998 was selected with Vincent Lecavalier a later guide players. Also, Brad Richards, selected in the same year in the third round, became an elite player in the NHL. As best scorer of the franchise Lecavalier led together with Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards previously less successful Lightning in 2004 to win the Stanley Cup. The two Russians Nikita Alexeyev and Alexander Switow and Erstrundenpick 2004, Andy Rogers, their draft position could never meet. 2008 was selected with Steven Stamkos talent, the already counted among the best players in the NHL 2010. In 2009, the Lightning had selected with the Swede Victor Hedman a talented player who quickly fought his way to a place in the NHL squad of the franchise.

Of the 20 players who chose the Lightning since 1992 in the first round, 15 players in the NHL were previously used.

NHL Supplemental Draft

In the 1986-1994 NHL Supplemental Draft, held the Bolts from 1992 to 1994 had a total of three electoral rights.

In Supplemental Draft 1992, the Lightning selected as the overall first from the defender Cory Cross, who established himself as a regular force in Tampa in the subsequent period. A year later, the Supplemental Draft in 1993, the franchise was entitled to vote in third position and secured the rights to winger Brent Peterson, who also stood for the Lightning in the NHL on the ice. In Supplemental Draft in 1994, the Bolts decided on an offensive defender and selected François Bouchard. The Canadians remained the jump to the NHL, however, denied. All three players were active in the course of her career in the German Ice Hockey League.

Franchise -top points scorer

The ten best points scorer in the history of the franchise until the end of the regular season 2010/11 and the playoffs in 2011.

Abbreviations: Pos = Position, GP = Games, B = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points P / G = Points per game

Regular Season