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Lightning Announce Honorees

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

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, 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

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