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Eight Quick Facts Commemorating Eight Years Ago On This Day

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

On this day in 2004...

1. Then-Lightning owner William Davidson became the first owner in professional sports history to win two championships with two different teams in the same season, as his company, Palace Sports & Entertainment, also controlled the 2004 NBA champion Detroit Pistons.

2. The Lightning became the Southern-most NHL team to ever win a Stanley Cup championship.

3. In Canada, the CBC's broadcast of Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals drew 4.862 million viewers, making it the highest-rated NHL game on the CBC since Game 7 of the 1994 Final, which drew 4.957 million viewers.

4. Conn Smythe Trophy Winner Brad Richards’ seven game-winning goals during the 2004 playoffs broke the record he previously shared with Joe Sakic (1996) and Joe Nieuwendyk (1999) for most by a single player in one postseason. No player following the Lightning’s 2004 championship run has had more in a single postseason since.

5. The Bolts’ 2004 Stanley Cup captain, Dave Andreychuk, went 22 years without being on a Stanley Cup championship team, tying the NHL record with Ray Bourque for the longest career before doing so.

6. Dave Andreychuk also became the oldest player in NHL history to make a Stanley Cup Finals debut, appearing in Game 1 of the Final at the age of 40 years, seven months.

7. The Lightning’s Stanley Cup championships season saw the Bolts compile 46 wins and 106 points, marks that still stand today as single-season franchise records.

8. The Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup championship run culminated with a number of individual awards, including Executive of the Year (Jay Feaster), the Jack Adams Award (John Tortorella), The Conn Smythe Trophy (Brad Richards), and The Hart Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award and Art Ross Scoring Title (Martin St. Louis).

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