This past Saturday Bolts Nation celebrated the ten year anniversary of the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s first and only Stanley Cup victory. We remembered the game 7 heroics of Ruslan Fedotenko. We remembered Dave Andreychuk lifting the cup over his head after waiting twenty- two seasons to win the silverware that matters the most.
In the midst of celebrating and reflecting I realized something: That was ten years ago. Ten years is a long time and a lot of things have changed in these past ten years for the Lightning.
We have a completely new team, new coach, new GM, and a new owner. We have been through some really tough losing seasons where not much went our way. We have seen beloved players, many of whom played on that Stanley Cup winning team, such as Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier move on to different teams.
These ten years since the cup haven’t always been the brightest but we can be sure of one thing: the new era of hockey in Tampa is here and it has started. I am excited to watch Steven Stamkos lead this team to more Stanley Cup championships. It is fun to watch Steve Yzerman lay down some of the final pieces in the puzzle that will make the Lightning one of the elite teams in the NHL.
The future in Tampa is brighter than the hot Florida sun. Ten years from now I hope that we are celebrating many more Stanley Cup championships. I hope that we are reflecting on the great moments that this young team provided us with.
While it’s always great to celebrate the past, I’m choosing to celebrate an even brighter future.