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A legacy in crafting a world-class organization


Since the dawn of the Tampa Bay Lightning as an NHL expansion franchise 25 years ago, six hockey minds have been tasked with Building the Thunder. From founder Phil Esposito to current architect Steve Yzerman, each has played a pivotal role in the organization's success from then to now as one of the best and most-successful professional franchises in sports. Here is a look at each general manager, and the highlights of their time with the Bolts.