Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Lightning


by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
Sun Sports Takes Viewers Behind The Scenes as Tampa Bay Lightning Celebrated Their Historic Stanley Cup Championship on Opening Night

Premieres Statewide on Sun Sports, Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30pm

TAMPA - Tampa Bay Lightning fans are in for a special treat next week as Sun Sports premieres a new episode of its acclaimed INSIDE THE LIGHTNING all-access series. INSIDE THE LIGHTNING: RAISING THE BANNER premieres Thursday, October 20, at 6:30pm to Sun Sports statewide audience of over 6.3 million cable and satellite homes.

This 05-06 season premiere episode of INSIDE THE LIGHTNING is a very special one indeed as the series takes viewers backstage for the planning and preparations for the emotional raising of the 2003-04 NHL Stanley Cup Championship banner during the Lightning's sold-out opening night game on October 5.

Hosted by Sun Sports' Lightning rinkside reporter Paul Kennedy, the program gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into what went into the planning and production logistics for the "show," which only lucky Tampa Bay Lightning fans who attended opening night saw first-hand. INSIDE THE LIGHTHING: RAISING THE BANNER offers an inside glimpse of the banner being delivered for the first time to the St. Pete Times Forum and the ceremonial entrance of the Stanley Cup entering the building for the event. The half-hour special will also look at portions of the rehearsals to the final presentation as players, coaches and fans share their memories.

INSIDE THE LIGHTNING: RAISING THE BANNER replays on Monday 10/24 at 8pm and Friday 10/28 at 6pm, with several additional replays scheduled in November.
View More