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Friday the 13th Not So Scary for the Tampa Bay Lightning

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Many people have their superstitions about Friday the 13th, the day that the crazy people come out to play and bad things are bound to happen. Truthfully, some people have a fear of the number 13 all together; however, most of us here in the Bolts Nation have a much different thought on the matter. In fact, the number 13 has always been a good thing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Why wouldn’t it be? Back in 2004, the number thirteen was a big part of what made the Lightning number one.

Still don’t know what I am talking about? Well, former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina donned the number 13 for the Bolts, and I can’t think of anyone who would look upon Kubina in a bad light, can you?

Kubina started his professional career with the Bolts when he was drafted in the 7th Round, 179th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He would play for the Lightning for eight seasons, including the 2004 Stanley Cup team, before leaving the Lightning for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2006.

After three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and one with the Atlanta Thrashers, Kubina would find his way back to Tampa Bay in the 2010-11 season. One season after the Lightning’s pretty productive run in the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kubina would be traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Jon Kalinski and two draft picks.

Now, in the ten seasons that Kubina spent with the Tampa Bay Lightning, which spanned the course of fifteen years, Kubina played in a total of 970 games with the Lightning. In that amount of time, he scored 110 goals and 276 assists in the regular season which comes to a total of 386 points in a Bolts jersey.

Kubina also made four appearances in the post season in a Lightning jersey, the first of which was in the 2002-03 season. The next was our Stanley Cup season, followed by an appearance in the 2005-06 season, and then finally the 2010-11 season.

So, as you can see, there is absolutely nothing scary about the number 13 when it comes to the Tampa Bay Lightning. In fact, I think it is safe to say that Lightning fans would love to see another player don the superstitious number if they could give the Tampa Bay fans the type of play we saw from the one and only Pavel Kubina.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you have a superstition about the number 13? Do you think another player will ever wear the number 13 after Kubina? Furthermore, what are some of your favorite memories of the Lightning’s favorite number 13, Pavel Kubina? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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