Dave Andreychuk by: Dolly Dolce

'Alumni Almanac' -Top 20 Lightning Personnel Revealed

Over the Lightning’s 20 years of existence, there have been many people in and out of the organization. Many of those names most people don’t even remember. Many of the names are still household talk to this day. Legends have been born through the team, and legends have passed through, letting us enjoy their talent for the short while they were here. Over the summer, fans had the opportunity to go to 20yearsofthunder.com and vote for the top 20 Lightning personnel. From the beginning to current, the fans have spoken with their top picks. I agree with the list. For the most part. Brian Bradley made the list, which was it’s saving grace. Guy Boucher, however did not. How can you not pick Guy Boucher??!!?!?! That alone is enough reason to make me boycott the list, and question the sanity of the Tampa Bay fans. I know, not everyone feels the same way that I do. But come one. It’s Guy Boucher!!

Phil Esposito made the list, of course. As he should. The Lightning would not be here if it wasn’t for Espo. There were a total of 14 skaters, 2 goalies, 2 coaches (Not Guy Boucher. Yes, I’m bitter.), and 2 general managers (including Esposito, the founder). Only three of the current players made it. You guessed it, the ‘big three’ Vinny, Marty, and Stamkos. There were 3 1st overall NHL Draft picks, including Stamkos. 10 are from the Stanley Cup Champion team. However, just in case I have not expressed my shock, Guy Boucher did not make the list. Here is the list:

SKATERS

 

Jersey #

Pos.

Name

Time with Lightning

GP

G

A

P

25

LW

Dave Andreychuk

2001-2006

278

68

61

129

22

D

Dan Boyle

2001-2008

394

66

187

253

19

C

Brian Bradley

1992-1998

328

111

189

300

17

RW

Ruslan Fedotenko

2002-2007

313

74

70

144

44

D

Roman Hamrlik

1992-1998

377

52

133

185

13

D

Pavel Kubina

1997-2006, 2010-2012

662

72

171

243

8, 4

C

Vincent Lecavalier

1998-present

998

373

469

842

33

LW

Fredrik Modin

1999-2006

445

145

141

286

19

C

Brad Richards

2000-2008

552

150

339

489

26

RW

Martin St. Louis

2000-present

862

319

513

832

91

C

Steven Stamkos

2008-present

325

179

150

329

27

C

Tim Taylor

2001-2007

365

23

38

61

15

RW

Paul Ysebaert

1994-1999

215

42

66

108

7

LW

Rob Zamuner

1992-1999

475

84

116

200

GOALTENDERS

 

Jersey #

Pos.

Name

Time with Lightning

GP

W-L-OT

GAA

SV%

35

G

Nikolai Khabibulin

2000-2004

192

83-74-28

2.39

0.914

93

G

Daren Puppa

1993-2000

206

77-91-26

2.68

0.905

 

NON-PLAYERS

 

Title

Name Time with Lightning

Head Coach

Terry Crisp

1992-1998

Founder/General Manager

Phil Esposito

1992-1999

General Manager

Jay Feaster

2001-2008

Head Coach

John Tortorella

2001-2008

Like I said, I agree with most of the list. I can’t fault Lightning fans for their passion! I want to be clear that, while I do think Guy Boucher is such an inspiration, I am only joking with the whining about him not making the list. Here’s to 20 more years of thunder!! 20 more years of legends, and 20 more years of Lightning hockey!!

Dolly Dolce
@HulaDolly

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