Many have anticipated the 20th year of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s existence. Many thought they’d never make it that long in a tropical, non-traditional hockey market. We knew better. Phil Esposito, THANK YOU. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.
The Lightning dropped the puck on their 20th season celebration this morning by unveiling this logo with a great video with highlights of the past twenty years.
Fans can view the logo three ways. The easiest and quickest way is to go to 20 Years Of Thunder. Second, fan can see it revealed at the draft party at Champps Americana Sports Bar tonight. The party will take place from 6-10. Third, the new draftees will be wearing the 20th logo on their jerseys as they put them on for the first time tonight after being selected.
On July 16th fans can start voting for their favorite Lightning moments, and on August 15th they can vote for their favorite all time players. All will be recognized during the upcoming season. After July 15 the site will also feature photos and videos from the team’s past as well as a technologically advanced, interactive timeline of the Lightning’s existence.
All through-out the day on Friday in honor of him winning the Rocket Richard trophy, the organization will hide 20 Steven Stamkos bobble heads around the Tampa Bay Area and give clues on where to find them on their twitter account @TBLightning.
At the draft party, Lightning Radio will broadcast a special edition of its show, Lightning Hockey Night, with all the action at Champps on AM 1250 WHNZ, as well as web streaming available on both whnz.com and 620wdae.com from 7-10 p.m. Lightning management and draft selections will also participate with live call-ins, giving fans behind-the-scenes access to this year’s NHL Draft. Everyone in attendance will receive a year book and have the chance to win prizes throughout the night, including 20th anniversary merchandise and a jersey with Tampa’s first pick’s name on it.
The Lightning unveiled the new logo in a video. The video is great, however, I have to add a quick personal opinion that it lacks one key player to the early existence of the team. Brian Bradley. No, not just because I’m a huge Bradley fan and everyone knows it, but because he was in the first expansion draft, he scored the first preseason goal for the team, he was the first All-Star on the team (he was an All-Star twice), and he scored the first goal in the Ice Palace, now called The Tampa Bay Times. Hopefully he’ll be featured in the highlights to come.
Here’s the video:
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