Tampa Bay Lightning

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Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
founding December 16, 1991
history Tampa Bay Lightning
since 1992
Stadion Amalie Arena
Location Tampa , Florida
Team colors Blue, white, black
league National Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
division Atlantic Division
Head coach Flags of Canada and the United States.svg Jon Cooper
Team captain CanadaCanada Steven Stamkos
General manager CanadaCanada Julien BriseBois
owner United StatesUnited States Jeff Vinik
Cooperations Syracuse Crunch ( AHL )
Orlando Solar Bears ( ECHL )
Stanley Cups 2004
Conference title 2003/04 , 2014/15
Division title 2002/03 , 2003/04 , 2017/18 , 2018/19

The Tampa Bay Lightning ( IPA : [ˈtæmpə beɪ ˈlaɪt.nɪŋ] ) are an American ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from Tampa , Florida . It was founded on December 16, 1991 and began playing at the beginning of the 1992/93 season . The team colors are blue, white and black.

The Lightning play their home games in the Amalie Arena and are - after the Florida Panthers  - the most southern franchise in the league. After the team was only able to qualify for the playoffs once in the 1990s, they made it to the top of the league at the beginning of the new millennium. At the end of the 2003/04 season they won the Stanley Cup as the first team to emerge from the NHL expansion in the 1990s .


Establishing the franchise

In 1992 the NHL decided to include two additional teams in the league: the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning from Florida . Led by NHL legend Phil Esposito , Tampa Bay lobbied intensely for the space for an expansion team and was eventually awarded the contract. Phil Esposito was named president of the franchise and Terry Crisp , who had won the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames a few years earlier , was hired as coach. On October 7, 1992, the Bolts played their first NHL game and won against the Chicago Blackhawks 7-3. Chris Kontos scored four goals in that game. This is a record for goals scored per game that no Tampa player has ever broken. But the team finished the season with 23 wins and 54 defeats as the last of its division.

For the next season, the Lightning moved from the small Expo Hall to the larger Thunderdome in St. Petersburg, which had previously also competed with Tampa for the franchise. In the first game in the new stadium against the Florida Panthers , a record attendance of 27,227 was achieved. Tampa Bay finished last in the Atlantic Division with a 30-43-11 record. In the 1994/95 season only 48 games were played in the NHL because of a lockout and Tampa finished the season as sixth in the Atlantic Division.

First upswing, sporting and financial problems

The team, led by Brian Bradley , Alexander Seliwanow and Roman Hamrlík , which Tampa signed as the first pick in the draft in 1992, moved into the playoffs for the first time in the club's history in the 1995/96 season. The first round series against the Philadelphia Flyers was lost, but the Bolts set a new NHL indoor attendance record with 28,183 viewers in the Thunderdome. That record was broken at the 2003 NHL Heritage Classic in Edmonton .

Over the next few years, the team continued to appear in the media because of its owners, the Kokusai Green, a consortium of Japanese managers. It was thought that the head of this consortium, Takashi Okubo, did not show up in Tampa until 1998 and did not seem to have any interest in ice hockey. There were also rumors that the team was being used for money laundering by the Japanese yakuza .

In the 1996/97 season, the team moved to a real ice hockey stadium: The Ice Palace in Tampa was opened. However, many stars left the team as free agents , goalie Daren Puppa seriously injured his groin and management was unable to find an equivalent replacement for these team supports. From 1997/98 to 1999/00 three seasons followed, each with over 50 lost games per season. This made Tampa the first team in NHL history to lose more than 50 games in three consecutive years. In the 1998 NHL Entry Draft , the Bolts selected the talent Vincent Lecavalier in first place and Brad Richards in 65th place of the third draft round. Likewise, the team was sold to Art Williams by its owners in 1998 because the franchise had amassed more than $ 100 million in losses in six years. Williams was only brief owner of the franchise, which he sold to Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson in 1999 .

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

Way to the Stanley Cup

In 2002 , Tampa missed the playoffs for the sixth time in a row despite finishing third in its division. This third place was possible because Tampa had a secure backing in the gate in Khabibulin and the team made significant progress under the new coach.

The 2002/03 season started Tampa with seven games without loss in the season. Led by Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis , who made his breakthrough this season, Tampa won the Southeast Division by one point over the Washington Capitals . The Bolts managed to finish the regular season with over 90 points for the first time this season. In round one of the playoffs there was a clash with the Capitals. Tampa eventually won this highly competitive playoff series in 6 games and reached the second round for the first time. There they were eliminated after five games against the New Jersey Devils , who won the Stanley Cup at the end of the playoffs .

In the following season , Martin St. Louis was named the NHL's best scorer and MVP with 91 scorer points , head coach John Tortorella was named coach of the year and Tampa Bay was named the best team in the Eastern Conference and the second best in the Eastern Conference with 106 points 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 . They met the Philadelphia Flyers in the conference finals . A close playoff series developed, which was only decided in the seventh game. Tampa won 2-1 in front of their own audience thanks to Chabibulin, who was able to save 31 shots, and reached the Stanley Cup final. The opponent there were the Calgary Flames . After five games, the series was 3-2 for Calgary. Martin St. Louis scored the winning goal in the second overtime of the sixth game and forced a decisive seventh game in Tampa Bay. In front of their own crowd, Calgary was beaten 2-1 thanks to two goals from Ruslan Fedotenko and the Tampa Bay Lightning won their first Stanley Cup. Brad Richards was named playoff MVP with the Conn Smythe Trophy and set a new record by scoring nine goals in overtime.

In the 2004/05 season , the Bolts could not defend their title, as the entire season was canceled due to a player strike and lockouts .

Sporty descent after the lockout

In the 2005/06 season , the reigning Stanley Cup winner reached the playoffs with 92 points, where he later lost to the Ottawa Senators in five games. In particular, top performers such as Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier struggled with average performances, only Brad Richards was able to convince with 90 points and received a nomination for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy after the season . After head coach Tortorella publicly criticized the goalkeeper duo around John Grahame and Sean Burke several times during the season, both left the club in the summer break of 2006 and were replaced by Johan Holmqvist and Marc Denis . The subsequent 2006/07 season was mainly characterized by the outstanding performance of attacker Lecavalier for the Lightning; he set new franchise records with 52 goals and 108 scorer points and was awarded the Maurice Richard Trophy as top scorer in the main round. The team struggled with mixed results during the first half of the season before stabilizing in January 2007 and ending the regular season in second place in the Southeast Division behind the Atlanta Thrashers . In the first round of playoffs, the team met the New Jersey Devils , who were defeated in six games.

In the following year , the Lightning denied a sportingly disappointing season and was one of the worst teams in the league for much of the season. Shortly before the end of the transfer deadline, an attempt was made to set new impulses for the rest of the season with profound personnel changes. Brad Richards, Johan Holmqvist, Václav Prospal and Jan Hlaváč left the club, a new goalkeeper Mike Smith and four attackers Jussi Jokinen , Alexandre Picard and Jeff Halpern were signed . Nevertheless, the Bolts did not succeed in improving the sporting situation, so they ended the season with only 71 points and missed the playoffs as the worst-placed team. This gave us the chance to win the Draft Lottery for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and initiated the Seen Stamkos? in Tampa, as Steve Stamkos was considered the greatest talent in the draft. In fact, the club got the opportunity to be the first team to select a draft pick during the draft and secured the rights to Stamkos.

Stamkos in his first season for the Lightning (2009).

After head coach Tortorella was sacked due to the team's poor performance, Barry Melrose was announced as his successor in June 2008. Furthermore, Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich were transferred to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Matt Carle and Ty Wishart . Boyle, whose contract in Tampa had only been extended for six years a few months earlier, then publicly complained about the actions of the Lightning, since he had previously been forced to use his non-trade clause (ie a clause that a possible barter within the League prevented) to give up. Tortorella also complained as a result of the lack of professionalism in the Lightning's management, which had arisen in the course of the acquisition of the franchise by the OK Hockey group of Len Barrie and Oren Koules and the unclear competencies at the club's management level. After General Manager Jay Feaster left the club due to interference by Barrie and Koules in sporting decisions, Brian Lawton took over his position. In the further course of the summer break, Andrej Meszaros of the Ottawa Senators and Olaf Kölzig , who should act as a substitute goalkeeper behind Smith, were signed up. Shortly before the start of the 2008/09 season , Lecavalier was appointed the new team captain. After a bad start to the season with only five wins from the first 11 games, Melrose was dismissed and replaced by the previous assistant coach Rick Tocchet . Tocchet was also unable to stabilize the team, so that at the end of the main round, with 66 points, they did even worse than last year. Despite the sporting misery, Tocchet was promoted to head coach and received a multi-year contract with the Lightning. The 2009 NHL Entry Draft secured the transfer rights to the Swedish defender Victor Hedman and signed Antero Niittymäki , Alex Tanguay and Mattias Öhlund some players with a lot of experience in the top division of North America. In the 2009/10 season , the team was much more stable than in previous years and was in the playoff ranks until February 2010, before losing the chance of making it into the playoffs with eleven defeats in the following month.

Rebuilding under Steve Yzerman

Finally, in the summer of 2010, there was a profound personnel restructuring within the club; Both Tocchet and Lawton were laid off by new owner Jeffrey Vinnik, who acquired the franchise in February 2010. Subsequently, with Steve Yzerman, a prominent successor to the position of General Manager was engaged , who in turn made Guy Boucher the new head coach of the Lightning. There were also some changes in terms of the team during the summer break. While Antero Niittymäki , Alex Tanguay , Kurtis Foster and Matt Walker left the club, Simon Gagné , Pavel Kubina , Dominic Moore and Dan Ellis were signed . In the 2010/11 season , the Lightning were able to convince over long stretches and in particular the offensive forces around St. Louis and Stamkos played a key role in the successful results of the team. After the All-Star Game in St. Louis and Stamkos for Team Lidstrom took part, the club presented the new logo and related kits for the in January 2011 2011/12 season before. Logo and jerseys are now primarily made up of blue and white, black disappears on both the home jersey and in the logo. To make the changes during the season and not, as usual, during the summer break, those responsible justified the fact that at this point (during the season) the attention of the fans is fixed on the team. The team finished the main round with 103 points, making it into the playoffs for the first time in four years. There you could turn a 1: 3 deficit in the series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round and then met the Washington Capitals , which you defeated in four games. In the Eastern Conference final, they lost seven games to the Boston Bruins .

In June 2013 Vincent Lecavalier leaves the Lightning after 13 years.

In the summer of 2011 there were two significant departures with Smith and Gagne, while with the exception of goalkeeper Mathieu Garon there were hardly any significant signings. In the 2011/12 season , the team did not manage to build on the previous year's performance. Although Stamkos set a new club record with 60 goals and won the Maurice Richard Trophy as top scorer in the NHL for the second time , the Lightning missed the playoffs with 84 points. The following season began due to the lockout in January, with the team after a good start showed increasingly weaker performances and finally fell from the playoff ranks. As a result, head coach Boucher was fired in March 2013 and replaced by Jon Cooper , who previously coached the Syracuse Crunch farm team in the American Hockey League . After the goalkeeper duo around Garon and Anders Lindbäck could not convince in the course of the season, Ben Bishop was acquired from the Ottawa Senators shortly before the end of the transfer deadline ( trade deadline ) , who received Cory Conacher in return . At the end of the season they missed the playoffs again with 40 points, while attacker St. Louis received the Art Ross Trophy with 60 points as the player with the highest points of the past season. In June 2013, the management decided to buy-out the contract with long-time captain Lecavalier and justified this step by saying that it would give them more leeway with regard to the salary cap . The 2013/14 season started successfully for the Lightning and one again benefited from the strong offensive performance of Stamkos, before he broke his shin in the game against the Boston Bruins in November 2013 and was canceled until March 2014. Shortly after his return, St. Louis, who had previously expressed a wish to move to Yzerman, was transferred to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan . Then Stamkos was appointed the new team captain and was able to move into the playoffs with 101 points at the end of the season. There they underwent the Montreal Canadiens in the first round after four games.

In the summer break of 2014, the contracts of Callahan, Bishop, Ondřej Palát , Andrej Šustr and Tyler Johnson were extended, while another actor, Ryan Malone, was paid out early. Furthermore, with Evgeni Nabokov , Anton Strålman and Brian Boyle, three experienced players were engaged for the squad depth. In the pre-season, some of the hopeful talents such as Wladislaw Namestnikow , Cedric Paquette , Jonathan Drouin were able to recommend themselves and were in the NHL squad of the Lightning at the beginning of the 2014/15 season . Over the course of the season, the team impressed with their strong playful appearances and stood out in particular for their balanced storm series, with young games such as Johnson, Palat and Nikita Kutscherow establishing themselves as top performers. At the end of the season, the Lightning recorded a total of 108 points and met in the first round of the playoffs on the Detroit Red Wings , which could be beaten in seven games. Then they won six games against the Montreal Canadiens and met the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference final. With four wins from seven games they then moved into the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2004, where they met the Chicago Blackhawks , which they lost 2: 4 in the series. In June 2015, Yzerman was named General Manager of the Year by the NHL. In terms of the team, there were hardly any changes during the summer break as Yzerman expressed his satisfaction with the existing squad and made the intended contract extension with Stamkos a top priority.

On the last day of the 2018/19 season , after a 6-3 win against the Boston Bruins, the Detroit Red Wings set the record for the 1995/96 season with the 62nd win in the regular season . After this outstanding main round, however, the team suffered a historic defeat in the first round of the 2019 playoffs with a 4-0 defeat against Columbus Blue Jackets .


Thunderdome, 1993–1996 home of the Lightning
Amalie Arena,
current venue

The Lightning have played their home games since 1996 in the Amalie Arena , a multifunctional arena with a capacity of 19,500 . Until 2002 it was called the Ice Palace. In 2002 the St. Petersburg Times bought the naming rights to the arena, these were valid until 2014. The company pays 25.2 million US dollars for the entire duration of 12 years. Since September 2014, the venue has been named after the mineral oil company Amalie Oil Company.

The first year the club played in the Expo Hall , which had a capacity of 10,425 for ice hockey events. For the 1993/94 season they switched to the Thunderdome . It was clear from the start that this could only be a temporary solution. The stadium, which was built for baseball and football, offered well over 25,000 spectators at ice hockey events, but the conditions were not ideal. In 1996 they could finally move to the Ice Palace and find their long-sought home there.

Farm teams

The Lightning, like all other NHL teams, also include teams in lower-class leagues , so-called farm teams . In the case of the Lightning, this has been the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League since 2012 . The farm teams are often used in the NHL to prepare the young players and rookies for the NHL games. Like the other clubs, the Lightning draw their offspring through the NHL Entry Draft , through which the most promising young players enter the league every year.

The Tampa Bay Lightning Farm Teams Since 1992:

Period team league
1992 / 93-1995 / 96 Atlanta Knights IHL
1994 / 95-1995 / 96 Nashville Knights ECHL
1996 / 97-1997 / 98 Adirondack Red Wings AHL
1997 / 98-1998 / 99 Chesapeake Icebreakers ECHL
1998/99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL
1999/00 Toledo Storm ECHL
1999 / 00–2000 / 01 Detroit Vipers IHL
Period team league
2000/01 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL
2001/02–2002/03 Springfield Falcons AHL
2001/02–2004/05 Pensacola Ice Pilots ECHL
2003/04 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL
2003/04 Hershey Bears AHL
2005 / 06–2006 / 07 Springfield Falcons AHL
2005 / 06–2006 / 07 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL
Period team league
2007/08 Mississippi Sea Wolves ECHL
2007 / 08–2011 / 12 Norfolk Admirals AHL
2008/09 Augusta Lynx ECHL
2009/10 Colorado Eagles CHL
2010 / 11–2014 / 15 Florida Everblades ECHL
since 2012/13 Syracuse crunch AHL
2016 / 17–2017 / 18 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL
since 2018/19 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated their greatest triumph to date at the end of the 2003/04 season as the first team in the NHL expansion of the 1990s to win the prestigious Stanley Cup . Linked to this was the first win of the Prince of Wales Trophy .

There are also four division titles from 2002/03 and 2003/04 as well as 2017/18 and 2018/19. They also won the first Presidents' Trophy in 2018/19 .

NHL Awards and All-Star Team Nominations

Award Surname season
Art Ross Trophy Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis
Nikita Kutscherow
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy John Cullen 1998/99
Conn Smythe Trophy Brad Richards 2003/04
Hart Memorial Trophy Martin St. Louis 2003/04
Jack Adams Award John Tortorella 2003/04
James Norris Memorial Trophy Victor Hedman 2017/18
King Clancy Memorial Trophy Vincent Lecavalier 2007/08
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Brad Richards
Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis
Lester B. Pearson Award Martin St. Louis 2003/04
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy Vincent Lecavalier
Steven Stamkos *
Steven Stamkos
NHL Plus / Minus Award Martin St. Louis **
Nikita Kutscherow ****
NHL Foundation Player Award Vincent Lecavalier *** 2007/08
NHL General Manager of the Year Award Steve Yzerman 2014/15
All-rookie team Brad Richards
Tyler Johnson
Ondřej Palát
First All-Star Team Martin St. Louis
Nikita Kutscherow
Victor Hedman
Second all-star team Dan Boyle
Vincent Lecavalier
Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis
Steven Stamkos
Martin St. Louis
Steven Stamkos
Martin St. Louis
Ben Bishop
Victor Hedman
Nikita Kutscherow

* together with Sidney Crosby
** together with Marek Malík
*** together with Trevor Linden
**** together with Max Pacioretty

Since the franchise was founded , a Tampa Bay Lightning player or coach has won one of the individual NHL awards 17 times . In addition, one player made it into one of the All-Star teams nine times and another into the All-Rookie team .

At the 1996 NHL Awards , Tampa Bay Lightning players and coaches were shortlisted for trophies for the first time. Goalkeeper Daren Puppa was nominated for the Vezina Trophy , while coach Terry Crisp was nominated for the Jack Adams Award . In 1999, John Cullen became the first player to win a trophy when he was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy . After the 2003/04 season , in which the team was able to win the Stanley Cup, numerous individual awards for the players followed. Martin St. Louis received four trophies and Brad Richards received two awards. The top scorer so far has been Vincent Lecavalier in the 2006/07 season with 52 goals and Steven Stamkos in the 2009/10 and 2011/12 seasons with 51 and 60 goals respectively.

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

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

year Surname
1993 Brian Bradley
1994 Brian Bradley
1996 Roman Hamrlík
1997 Dino Ciccarelli
1999 Wendel Clark
2000 Petr Svoboda
2001 Fredrik Modin
2002 Nikolai Chabibulin
Brad Richards **
2003 Nikolai Chabibulin
Vincent Lecavalier
Martin St. Louis
Alexander Switow **
2004 Martin St. Louis
Pavel Kubina
2007 Vincent Lecavalier
Martin St. Louis
Paul Ranger **
2008 Vincent Lecavalier
Martin St. Louis
Mike Lundin **
year Surname
2009 Vincent Lecavalier
Martin St. Louis
Steven Stamkos **
2011 Steven Stamkos
Martin St. Louis
2012 Steven Stamkos
2015 Steven Stamkos
Tyler Johnson *
Jonathan Drouin **
2016 Ben Bishop
Steven Stamkos
2017 Nikita Kucherov
Victor Hedman
2018 Andrei Wassilewski
Victor Hedman *
Brayden Point
Nikita Kutscherow
Steven Stamkos
Jon Cooper ***
2019 Andrei Wassilewski
Nikita Kutscherow
Steven Stamkos
Jon Cooper ***

* Cancellation due to injury
** Participation in the YoungStars Game or the Skills Competition
*** Participation as a trainer

In the first years of the Lightning's existence, it was common for each team to have at least one player in the All-Star Game. Brian Bradley represented Florida in the first two games. In 1997 , Dino Ciccarelli was the first Lightning player to score a point with a template for Mario Lemieux . For the 1999 All-Star Game , Tampa Bay hosted the game. Fredrik Modin reach 2,001 four templates. The first goal scorer from the ranks of the Lightning was Martin St. Louis in his second participation in 2007 .

Season statistics

Abbreviations: GP = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after overtime or shootout , Pts = points, GF = goals scored, GA = goals conceded

season GP W. L. T OTL Pts GF GA space Playoffs
1992/93 84 23 54 7th - 53 245 332 6th, Norris not qualified
1993/94 84 30th 43 11 - 71 224 251 7th, Atlantic not qualified
1994/95 1 48 17th 28 3 - 37 120 144 6th, Atlantic not qualified
1995/96 82 38 32 12 - 88 238 248 5th, Atlantic Conference quarter-finals lost, 2-4 ( Philadelphia )
1996/97 82 32 40 10 - 74 217 247 6th, Atlantic not qualified
1997/98 82 17th 55 10 - 44 151 269 7th, Atlantic not qualified
1998/99 82 19th 54 9 - 47 179 292 4th, Southeast not qualified
1999/00 82 19th 47 9 7th 54 204 310 4th, Southeast not qualified
2000/01 82 24 47 6th 5 59 201 280 5th, Southeast not qualified
2001/02 82 27 40 11 4th 69 178 219 3rd, Southeast not qualified
2002/03 82 36 25th 16 5 93 219 210 1st, Southeast Conference quarter-finals win, 2-2 ( Washington )
Conference semi-finals defeat, 4-1 ( New Jersey )
2003/04 82 46 22nd 8th 6th 106 245 192 1st, Southeast Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( NY Islanders )
conference semi-finals, 4-0 ( Montréal )
conference finals, 4-3 ( Philadelphia )
Stanley Cup finals , 4-3 ( Calgary )
2004/05 2 - - - - - - - - - -
2005/06 82 43 33 - 6th 92 252 260 2nd, Southeast Conference quarterfinals lost, 4-1 ( Ottawa )
2006/07 82 44 33 - 5 93 253 261 2nd, Southeast Conference quarter-finals lost, 2-4 ( New Jersey )
2007/08 82 31 42 - 9 71 223 267 5th, Southeast not qualified
2008/09 82 24 40 - 18th 66 210 279 5th, Southeast not qualified
2009/10 82 34 36 - 12 80 217 260 3rd, Southeast not qualified
2010/11 82 46 25th - 11 103 247 240 2nd, Southeast Conference quarter-finals win, 4: 3 ( Pittsburgh )
Conference semi-finals win, 4: 0 ( Washington )
Conference final defeat, 4: 4 ( Boston )
2011/12 82 38 36 - 8th 84 235 281 3rd, Southeast not qualified
2012/13 3 48 18th 26th - 4th 40 148 150 4th, Southeast not qualified
2013/14 82 46 27 - 9 101 239 215 2nd, Atlantic Conference quarter-finals lost, 4-0 ( Montréal )
2014/15 82 50 24 - 8th 108 262 211 2nd, Atlantic Conference quarter-finals win, 4: 3 ( Detroit )
conference semi-finals, 4: 2 ( Montréal )
conference finals, 3: 3 ( NY Rangers )
defeat in Stanley Cup final, 4: 2 ( Chicago )
2015/16 82 46 31 - 5 97 227 201 2nd, Atlantic Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( Detroit )
Conference semi-finals win, Conference finals 4-1 ( NY Islanders )
Conference finals lost, 4-1 ( Pittsburgh )
2016/17 82 42 30th - 10 92 230 224 5th, Atlantic not qualified
2017/18 82 54 23 - 5 113 290 234 1st, Atlantic Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( New Jersey )
conference semi-finals win, Conference-finals 4-1 ( Boston )
loss conference finals, 4-1 ( Washington )
2018/19 82 62 16 - 4th 128 319 221 1st, Atlantic Conference quarterfinals lost, 4-0 ( Columbus )
total 2068 906 909 112 141 2063 5773 6298 11 playoff appearances
1 Stanley Cup win
24 series: 14 wins, 10 losses
137 games: 73 wins, 64 losses
1 season shortened due to the NHL lockout in 1994/95
2 season because of the NHL lockout 2004/05 failed
3 season shortened due to the 2012/13 NHL lockout

Franchise records

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.


Vincent Lecavalier is the most successful goalscorer in his team's history.
Surname number
Most games Vincent Lecavalier 1037 (in 13 seasons)
Most consecutive games Martin St. Louis 499 (November 17, 2005 to December 6, 2011)
Most goals Steven Stamkos * 393
Most templates Martin St. Louis 588
Most of the points Martin St. Louis 953 (365 goals + 588 assists)
Most penalty minutes Chris Gratton 828
Most shutouts Andrei Wassilewski * 18th

* active player of the Lightning; Status: after the 2018/19 season


Brad Richards was the most successful rookie in the Tampa Bay Lightning jersey until 2018.
Surname number season
Most goals Steven Stamkos 60 2011/12
Most templates Nikita Kucherov 87 2018/19
Most of the points Nikita Kucherov 128 (41 goals + 87 assists) 2018/19
Most points as a rookie Yanni Gourde 64 (25 goals + 39 assists) 2017/18
Most points as a defender Victor Hedman 72 (16 goals + 56 assists) 2016/17
Most penalty minutes Zenon Konopka 265 2009/10
Most wins as a goalkeeper Andrei Wassilewski 44 2017/18


Abbreviations: GC = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after
overtime , Pts = points, Win% = win rate

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T OTL Pts Win% GC W. L.
Terry Crisp 1992 / 93–1997 / 98 * 391 142 204 45 - 329 .421 6th 2 4th
Rick paterson 1997/98 * 6th 0 6th 0 - 0 .000 - - -
Jacques Demers 1997/98 * -1998/99 147 34 96 17th - 85 .289 - - -
Steve Ludzik 1999 / 00–2000 / 01 121 31 67 14th 9 85 .351 - - -
John Tortorella 2000/01/2007/08 535 239 222 36 38 552 .516 45 24 21st
Barry Melrose 2008/09 * 16 5 7th - 4th 14th .438 - - -
Rick Tocchet 2008/09 * –2009 / 10 148 53 69 - 26th 132 .446 - - -
Guy Boucher 2010 / 11–2012 / 13 * 195 97 78 - 20th 214 .549 18th 11 7th
Jon Cooper since 2012/13 * 508 305 159 - 44 654 .644 68 36 32

* Change during the current season; ** Interim trainer

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

With his successors Jacques Demers and Steve Ludzik , the club management was not so patient. Only the fifth coach, John Tortorella , managed to form a team that could even win the Stanley Cup . Under his leadership, the team was able to end three seasons in a row with at least 43 wins, especially since Tortorella is the only Lightning coach to date to have reached the mark of 40 wins in one season. After a disappointing 2007-08 season that ended the Lightning in last place, Tortorella was sacked.

He was followed by Barry Melrose , who returned to the coaching business after 13 years of abstinence, but had to vacate his post after 16 games this season. His previous assistant, Rick Tocchet, was initially employed for him on an interim basis and later as a full head coach. Despite a significant increase in the season result in the 2009/10 season , he did not succeed in the first playoff qualification since the Tortorella era. After the season he was released and replaced on June 10, 2010 by Guy Boucher , who had previously successfully looked after the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League .

General manager

Surname season
Phil Esposito 1992 / 93-1997 / 98
Jacques Demers 1998/99
Rick Dudley 1999 / 00–2001 / 02
Jay Feaster 2002 / 03–2007 / 08
Brian Lawton 2008 / 09–2009 / 10
Steve Yzerman 2010 / 11–2017 / 18
Julien BriseBois since 2018/19

With Phil Esposito , the team management hired an NHL legend as their first general manager. In the mid-1980s he held this position with the New York Rangers . He handed this position over to Jacques Demers in 1998 , whom he had brought on as a coach a year earlier. Demers brought the former judge Jay Feaster into his team, especially for legal issues . Demers only stayed for a year. As a successor, the club hired Rick Dudley, the general manager of the Ottawa Senators .

There was a disagreement between Dudley and Feaster because Dudley wanted to give up Vincent Lecavalier and Feaster did not support this. To the surprise of many, the management decided against Dudley and made Feaster, who had no ice hockey background, the new general manager. Feaster took on more management tasks and took Bill Barber as an ice hockey specialist . They rebuilt the team and were able to win the Stanley Cup in 2004 with the more physical style of play. After the end of the 2007/08 season , in which the team could not qualify for the playoffs, Feaster made his position available. The position remained vacant for the time being, and Vice President, Ice Hockey Business, Brian Lawton , took over from Feaster in late June 2008, before being officially named General Manager four months later.

After the 2009/10 season , the Lightning Lawton were on leave. As the new general manager, they hired Hall of Fame member Steve Yzerman , who had only led the Canadian national team as general manager to win gold at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in February 2010 . Yzerman then looked after the team for eight years, during which the Lightning established themselves among the best NHL teams, before handing over the office to his previous assistant Julien BriseBois in September 2018 .


Squad for the 2019/20 season

As of December 26, 2019

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
35 CanadaCanada Curtis McElhinney G May 23, 1983 2019 London , Ontario , Canada
88 RussiaRussia Andrei Wassilewski G July 25, 1994 2014 Tyumen , Russia
4th United StatesUnited States Zach Bogosian D. July 15, 1990 2020 Massena , New York , USA
81 SlovakiaSlovakia Erik Černák D. May 28, 1997 2017 Košice , Slovakia
55 CanadaCanada Braydon Coburn D. February 27, 1985 2015 Calgary , Alberta , Canada
77 SwedenSweden Victor Hedman D. 18th December 1990 2009 Örnsköldsvik , Sweden
27 United StatesUnited States Ryan McDonaghA D. June 13, 1989 2018 Saint Paul , Minnesota , USA
44 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Jan Rutta D. July 29, 1990 2019 Písek , Czechoslovakia
2 CanadaCanada Luke Schenn D. 0November 2nd 1989 2019 Saskatoon , Saskatchewan , Canada
98 RussiaRussia Mikhail Sergachev D. June 25, 1998 2017 Nizhnekamsk , Russia
22nd United StatesUnited States Kevin Shattenkirk D. January 29, 1989 2019 New Rochelle , New York , USA
71 CanadaCanada Anthony Cirelli C. July 15, 1997 2016 Etobicoke , Ontario , Canada
20th United StatesUnited States Blake Coleman C. November 28, 1991 2020 Plano , Texas , USA
CanadaCanada Barclay Goodrow RW February 26, 1993 2020 Toronto , Ontario , Canada
37 CanadaCanada Yanni Gourde C. December 15, 1991 2014 Saint-Narcisse , Quebec , Canada
9 United StatesUnited States Tyler Johnson C. July 29, 1990 2011 Spokane , Washington , USA
7th CanadaCanada Mathieu Joseph RW 0February 9, 1997 2016 Laval , Quebec , Canada
17th CanadaCanada Alexander Killorn C. September 14, 1989 2012 Halifax , Nova Scotia , Canada
86 RussiaRussia Nikita Kucherov RW 17th June 1993 2013 Maykop , Russia
14th United StatesUnited States Patrick Maroon LW April 23, 1988 2019 St. Louis , Missouri , USA
18th Czech RepublicCzech Republic Ondřej PalátA LW March 28, 1991 2011 Frýdek-Místek , Czechoslovakia
13 CanadaCanada Cédric Paquette C. August 13, 1993 2013 Gaspé , Québec , Canada
21st CanadaCanada Brayden Point C. March 13, 1996 2016 Calgary , Alberta , Canada
91 CanadaCanada Steven StamkosC. C. 0February 7, 1990 2008 Unionville , Ontario , Canada
23 CanadaCanada Carter Verhaeghe C. August 14, 1995 2017 Toronto , Ontario , Canada

Team captains

year Surname
1992-1995 no captain
1995-1997 Paul Ysebaert
1997-1998 Mikael Renberg
1998-1999 Rob Zamuner
1999-2000 Bill Houlder
Chris Gratton
Vincent Lecavalier
year Surname
2000-2001 Vincent Lecavalier
2001-2002 no captain
2002-2006 Dave Andreychuk
2006-2008 Tim Taylor
2008-2013 Vincent Lecavalier
2013-2014 Martin St. Louis
since 2014 Steven Stamkos

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

In the first three years of its existence, Tampa Bay refrained from officially assigning the office of team captain. It was not until the 1995/96 season that the team named Paul Ysebaert as a captain. Frequent changes followed after two years. The Swede Mikael Renberg was his successor and the first and so far only European to hold this office. After Rob Zamuner , three players shared office in one season. The veteran Dave Andreychuk was then again captain for several seasons and led his team to the Stanley Cup. The new captain Vincent Lecavalier wore the "C" on his chest in the past. After Lecavalier's trade to Philadelphia at the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Martin St. Louis held the captaincy.

Wayne Gretzky, wearer of the famous number 99 jersey

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

So far, five Tampa Bay Lightning players have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame located in Toronto, Canada . Striker Denis Savard played for the Bolts in the National Hockey League from 1993 to 1995 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 13, 2000. Winger Dino Ciccarelli went on the ice for the Lightning from 1996 and 1998 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 8, 2010. This was followed in 2017 by Dave Andreychuk , who was active in Tampa from 2001 to 2006 and won the Stanley Cup with the team, and Mark Recchi , who played for the Lightning in the 2008/09 season. The fifth and so far last Lightning player was Martin St. Louis in 2018, who also won the Stanley Cup with the team.

Surname Recording date position
Denis Savard November 13, 2000 player
Dino Ciccarelli November 8, 2010 player
Dave Andreychuk November 13, 2017 player
Mark Recchi November 13, 2017 player
Martin St. Louis November 12, 2018 player

Blocked jersey numbers

So far in their franchise history, the Tampa Bay Lightning have officially banned two jersey numbers, Martin St. Louis' 26 and Vincent Lecavalier's 4 . St. Louis played for the Lightning for 13 years, winning the Stanley Cup in 2004 and holding the records for most assists and scorer points. He was officially honored on January 13, 2017. On February 10, 2018, he was followed by Vincent Lecavalier, who led the team as captain for five years, played the most games and scored the most goals.

In addition, Wayne Gretzky's 99 is no longer officially awarded throughout the league.

No. Surname Blocking date
4th Vincent Lecavalier February 10, 2018
26th Martin St. Louis January 13, 2017
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)

First-round voting rights

NHL Entry Draft

Since 1992, the Tampa Bay Lightning had 24 draft rights in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft , including 13 in the top ten of each year.

Twice, in 2009 and 2012 , the team from the US state of Florida was able to 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 given them in transfer deals before the event.

In the first draft in franchise history, the Bolts had the first right to vote and chose Roman Hamrlík as the first overall pick . In 1998, Vincent Lecavalier was selected as a later leader. Even Brad Richards , the same year selected in the third round, became a top player of the NHL. As the best scorer in the franchise, Lecavalier, together with Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards, led the previously unsuccessful Lightning 2004 to win the Stanley Cup . The two Russians Nikita Alexejew and Alexander Switow as well as the first round pick from 2004, Andy Rogers , could never live up to their draft position. In 2008, Steven Stamkos was selected as a talent who was already one of the best players in the NHL in 2010. Also in 2009, the Lightning had selected a talented player, the Swede Victor Hedman , who quickly fought for a regular place in the franchise's NHL squad.

NHL Supplemental Draft

Surname year Draft position
Cory Cross 1992 1.
Brent Peterson 1993 3.
François Bouchard 1994 8th.

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

At the Supplemental Draft in 1992 , the Lightning selected the defender Cory Cross as the first overall , who subsequently established himself as a regular in Tampa. A year later at the Supplemental Draft in 1993 , the franchise was entitled to vote in third position and secured the rights to winger Brent Peterson , who was also on the ice for the Lightning in the NHL. In the 1994 Supplemental Draft , the Bolts decided on an offensive defender and selected François Bouchard . The Canadian was denied the leap into the NHL. All three players were active in the German Ice Hockey League during their careers .

Franchise top point collector

The ten best points collectors in the history of the franchise by the end of the 2018/19 regular season and the 2019 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Martin St. Louis RW 2000/01/2013/14 972 365 588 953 0.98
Vincent Lecavalier C. 1998 / 99–2012 / 13 1037 383 491 874 0.84
Steven Stamkos C. since 2008/09 746 393 373 766 1.03
Brad Richards C. 2000/01/2007/08 552 150 339 489 0.89
Nikita Kucherov RW since 2013/14 447 188 274 462 1.03
Victor Hedman D. since 2009/10 696 94 324 418 0.60
Václav Prospal LW 2001/02–2002/03 468 127 244 371 0.79
2005 / 06–2008 / 09
Tyler Johnson C. since 2012/13 469 139 169 308 0.66
Brian Bradley C. 1992 / 93-1997 / 98 328 111 189 300 0.91
Ondřej Palace LW since 2012/13 427 93 194 287 0.67


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Martin St. Louis C. 63 33 35 68 1.08
Nikita Kucherov RW 65 29 32 61 0.94
Steven Stamkos C. 70 23 30th 53 0.76
Vincent Lecavalier C. 63 24 28 52 0.82
Tyler Johnson C. 68 24 27 51 0.75
Victor Hedman D. 84 7th 41 48 0.57
Brad Richards C. 45 18th 29 47 1.04
Ondřej Palace LW 67 21st 21st 42 0.63
Alexander Killorn C. 68 21st 20th 41 0.60
Dan Boyle D. 45 3 19th 22nd 0.49

Web links

Commons : Tampa Bay Lightning  - collection of images, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. tampabay.com Lakes Stamkos? Not so much ( Memento of the original from February 18, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.tampabay.com
  2. nhl.com As expected, Lightning select Stamkos at No. 1
  3. reuters.com Tampa Bay Lightning hire Melrose as coach
  4. espn.go.com Lightning's Boyle waives no-trade clause, going to Sharks
  5. tampabay.com Bickering Tampa Bay Lightning owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie on track for a messy divorce ( Memento of the original from February 18, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.tampabay.com
  6. sports.yahoo.com Tortorella calls new Tampa owners 'cowboys,' rips old franchise
  7. cbc.ca Lightning GM Jay Feaster resigns
  8. thehockeynews.com Tampa Bay Lightning name Vincent Lecavalier captain before training camp
  9. espn.go.com Tocchet to take over as interim coach after Melrose gets fired
  10. lightning.nhl.com Lightning Name Rick Tocchet Head Coach
  11. tampabay.com Hedge-fund manager Jeff Vinik buys Tampa Bay Lightning ( Memento of the original from February 18, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.tampabay.com
  12. espn.go.com Time to bolt: Lightning fire coach, GM
  13. lightning.nhl.com, roster changes
  14. lightning.nhl.com: Lightning Unveil New Logo, Jersey Systems Along with Vision and Brand Aspiration
  15. lightning.nhl.com: New Lightning Logo, Jersey, Vision
  16. tampabay.com Tampa Bay Lightning Fire coach Guy Boucher
  17. usatoday.com Lightning name Jon Cooper as coach
  18. tampabay.com Lindback hasn't taken needed big step
  19. sports.yahoo.com Lightning deal Conacher to Senators for Bishop
  20. lightning.nhl.com Lightning To Use Compliance Buyout on Vincent Lecavalier
  21. tampabay.com Lightning's Stamkos cleared to play Thursday against Sabers
  22. nhl.com St. Louis, Lightning discuss future with team
  23. espn.go.com Rangers acquire Martin St. Louis
  24. cbc.ca Steven Stamkos becomes 10th captain in Lightning history
  25. rawcharge.com Lightning make grand training camp cuts, bringing Syracuse Crunch roster into focus
  26. cbssports.com Lightning find value where other teams are afraid to go
  27. nhl.com Lightning's Yzerman voted GM of the Year
  28. tbo.com Stamkos' contract No. 1 priority this offseason for bolts
  29. kicker.de Unstoppable: Tampa Bay Lightning sets NHL record
  30. andrewsstarpage.com, NHL Arena Naming Rights ( Memento of November 7, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  31. tampabay.com: Tampa Bay Times Forum has a new name: Amalie Arena Article from September 3, 2014
  32. Tampa Bay Lightning: Lightning Enter Into Affiliation Agreement with ECHL's Florida Everblades
  33. azhockey.com, list the farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning
  34. ^ Hockeydb.com, Tampa Bay Lightning Draft History