Tampa Bay Lightning: 50 Greatest Moments In Franchise History

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have had many fantastic moments during it’s 23-year existence. Today, we count down the top 50 moments in franchise history.

Moments are the best parts of sports. They can be cemented in out minds for decades, and these breathtaking plays are what makes sports one of the greatest inventions in human history. Moments are the reasons why we love sports, and today, we will be counting down the 50 greatest moments in Tampa Bay Lightning history.

When Phil Esposito founded the Tampa Bay Lightning back in 1992, he expected nothing but greatness. It was a growing process like it is for most things that are just starting to come off the ground, but it has turned into something great. From Phil Esposito, to Art Williams, to Bill Davidson, to Oren Koules and Len Barrie (ew), to present day owner Jeff Vinik, the Tampa Bay Lightning organization has developed into one of the greatest sports organizations in the NHL, if not the world.

You’ve had so many great players walk through those locker room doors at Expo Hall, the Thunder Dome, the Ice Palace, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Bay Times Forum and finally Amalie Arena. Some of these players have turned out to be future Hall of Famers that have left their mark on the National Hockey League for many years to come. You have also seen the greatest trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup, being handed to captain Dave Andreychuk 11 season ago and the constant roars and cutting of newspaper that made the streets so white you may have thought it snowed.

50 moments. 50 moments that captured the hearts of Tampa Bay Lightning fans and hockey fans around the world. 50 moments that morphed us into the passionate fans we are today. 50 moments that help make us Tampa Bay Lightning fans forever. Lets get started.

* Additional Editorial Contribution By Tasha St. Pierre

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