TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced the list of personnel and moments that will be honored in conjunction with the organization’s 20th anniversary celebration during home games February 26 through March 29. Select games will feature a special guest from the Lightning’s past who will be recognized in the arena and on Thunder Alley (West Plaza).
Compiled this past summer via fan voting on www.20YearsofThunder.com, the Lightning’s top 20 moments, Lightning Legacy, presented by DEX Imaging, and the 20 top personnel, Alumni Almanac, presented by Bright House Networks, will be recognized at all Lightning games at the Tampa Bay Times Forum this season. Fans can still visit the site to see the entire list that will be honored during the upcoming season and share their own favorite personnel and moments on their Facebook wall. They can also submit their own video memories by answering the question “What does 20 Years of Thunder Mean to You?”. The top submissions may be featured on the site and on LightningVision during select home games.
The 20th anniversary celebration kicked off on opening night when inaugural team members Brian Bradley, Pat Jablonski, Joe Reekie and Chris Kontos joined founder and first general manager Phil Esposito on the ice for a ceremonial puck drop. Also honored this season were John Tortorella, Daren Puppa, Roman Hamrlik, Brad Richards, Jay Feaster, Tim Taylor and Esposito.
Below is a list of games and the corresponding honorees for upcoming Lightning home games.
List of Upcoming Honorees
February 26 vs. Buffalo Sabres
Lightning Legacy Moment: 2011 ECQF Game 7 vs. PIT
Alumni Almanac Honoree: None
March 7 vs. Winnipeg Jets
Lightning Legacy Moment: 1st Playoff Win in 1996
Alumni Almanac Honoree: Terry Crisp
March 9 vs. Montreal Canadiens
Lightning Legacy Moment: Jeff Vinik & Transformation
Alumni Almanac Honoree: Dan Boyle
March 14 vs. NY Islanders
Lightning Legacy Moment: John Cullen’s Return
Alumni Almanac Honoree: John Cullen
March 16 vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Lightning Legacy Moment: 2004 Cup Finals Game 6
Alumni Almanac Honoree: Nikolai Khabibulin
March 18 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Lightning Legacy Moment: 2004 Cup Finals Game 7
Alumni Almanac Honoree: Ruslan Fedotenko
March 26 vs. Buffalo Sabres
Lightning Legacy Moment:Lightning Select Stamkos
Alumni Almanac Honoree: Paul Ysebeart
March 29 vs. New Jersey Devils
Lightning Legacy Moment: Opening of the Ice Palace
Alumni Almanac Honoree: Brian Bradley