Hockey fans are a tight knit community. More so than any other sport, at least in my experience. Especially Tampa Bay fans. I can’t tell you how many true friends that I’ve made since getting socially involved with The Lightning community. I met my best friend and husband through Bolt Nation. As a friend said last night, we’re a crazy hockey family.
You can stay connected with all of us here at Bolts By The Bay on Twitter.
@FanSided FanSided Sports Network
@BoltsByTheBay (And you can feel free to email us at [email protected])
@HulaDolly Dolly Dolce aka ‘HulaDoll’
@BlackSheepJim James Courteau
@TheFrozenPond William Morden
@Electrifying Lora Andrews
@CreaseSinger Mia Lueth
@Do_The_Ryan Ryan Bristlon
@Gabriel0430 Gabriel Moreta
@tblightning491 Lauren Burg
We also have a Facebook page.
There are plenty of ways to stay connected with the Lightning fan community. On Facebook there is a page for the women called Lady Bolts. It’s a page where women can get together and talk hockey. We do player biographies, hockey history facts, break down of NHL rules, highlight reels… and ladies can feel free to ask any questions that they might have and find comfort in the fact that there are no guys on the page to make them feel uncomfortable. We also do good for the community. In October we collected and donated 100 hats for a charity called Caps For Clayton, which gave hats to children with cancer. If you’re a female hockey fan, you don’t have to live in the Tampa Bay area to be involved. We had hats sent to us not only from all over the country, but all over the world as well! The UK, Canada, even Australia. The Lightning Foundation helped with a generous donation, as well as many members of the team, coaching staff, and trainers. (Lady Bolts is in no way affiliated officially with The Lightning, it’s a fan based group.) There are plenty of Lightning pages and groups, like the official Lightning Facebook page. My favorite of the groups are Lightning Strikes and Bolts Abroad. There are Facebook groups through HockeyBay for every player. (The new players aren’t on the list yet, we’re updating it as soon as possible.) You can find the roster Facebook group list here. Here is a list of the members of the Lightning who are on Twitter, and also the fake accounts.
So whether you live in Tampa or you live in Japan, you can stay connected with fans that share the same passion!
There is also a FanSided app for smart phones. Just search the market for FanSided and you’ll see the purple hand pointing up for the icon. Once downloaded, you can personalize it with your favorite sports and teams. You can follow as many as you want, and it sends an update to your phone as soon as an article is published on that site. I have, of course, Bolts By The Bay. I also have Blackhawk Up (Chicago Blackhawks), ThePewterPlank (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), and Stock Car Spin (NASCAR). This app lets you get the newest articles from any sport, any team. Except arena football, which aggravates me. I would love to see a blog for our Tampa Bay Storm!