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by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
Premieres on Sun Sports, Saturday, March 25, at 10:00pm (ET) in N. and Cent. Fla. Statewide on April 11, 5:30pm

Sun Sports' popular INSIDE THE LIGHTNING series gets up close and personal with goaltender John Grahame this month in the series' newest episode premiering in Northern and Central Florida on Saturday, March 25, at 10pm, immediately following the Rangers @ Lightning game that night on Sun Sports. Viewers statewide can see the program Tuesday, April 11, at 5:30pm. Additional replays are scheduled through April.

Hosted by Sun Sports' Paul Kennedy, INSIDE THE LIGHTNING: JOHN GRAHAME gives fans insight into Grahame's upbringing in a family rich in hockey tradition. Born in Denver, he was introduced to the sport at a very young age. His father, Ron, played in both the WHA, where he was a member of the Houston Aeros dynasty, and in the NHL with the Bruins, Kings, and Nordiques (now the Avalanche). His mother, Charlotte, is senior director of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. In an ironic twist, it was actually Charlotte who had her name inscribed on the Stanley Cup first back in 2001 when the Avalanche won it. Three years later, John's name was added when he and the Lightning brought the Cup to Tampa Bay. Both Ron and Charlotte talk about John's passion for the sport.

Grahame reflects on visiting his dad at practice and beginning his career at around age five as a forward. Later on, it was what Grahame remembers as the "cool" equipment worn by goalies which initially drew him to the position. The show traces his career from Lake Superior State University to his selection by the Boston Bruins in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Following his selection, Grahame played in the AHL where he led that league in wins with a 37-9-1 record and tied the AHL record for playoff victories with 15 in 1998. Playing just 76 games over four seasons for the Bruins from 1999-2003, Grahame was eager to play in Tampa when he was traded to the Lightning in 2003, just in time to be part of history with the team's Stanley Cup win the following season.

INSIDE THE LIGHTNING: JOHN GRAHAME airs on Sun Sports in Northern and Central Florida on 3/25, 10pm; 3/27, 9:30pm; 3/28, 2:30pm; 3/29, 7:30pm; 4/1, 10pm; 4/3, 10pm; 4/4, 8:30pm and 9pm; 4/6, 10pm; 4/9, 7:30pm; 4/10, 2:30pm; 4/14, 9:30pm; and 4/19, 10pm. Viewers statewide can see it 4/11, 5:30pm; 4/13, 11:30am; 4/18, 11am; 4/23, 12noon; and 4/26, 11am.
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