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Timeline of Stamkos' career so far with Lightning

First eight seasons featured Stanley Cup Final trip, two Rocket Richard trophies

by Cutler Klein @CutlerKlein / Staff Writer

Center Steven Stamkos ended more than a year of speculation Wednesday when he agreed to an eight-year contract to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Stamkos has played eight seasons with the Lightning so far, helping them to one Stanley Cup Final and three Eastern Conference Final appearances while winning two Rocket Richard trophies as the League's goal-scoring leader.

Here are some of the highlights of Stamkos' NHL career:

June 20, 2008: The Lightning select Stamkos with the first pick of the 2008 NHL Draft following a marketing blitz in Tampa that featured billboards, T-shirts and signs reading, "Seen Stamkos?"

Oct. 4, 2008: Stamkos plays his first NHL game at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, as part of the NHL Premiere series. He has two shots on goal and a minus-1 rating in 8:25 of ice time in a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers.

Oct. 28, 2008: Stamkos gets his first NHL point, a secondary assist on a second-period power-play goal by Vincent Lecavalier. The goal holds up as the winner in the Lightning's 3-2 victory against Stamkos' hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, at Air Canada Centre. "I think it was louder than when the Leafs scored," Stamkos said of the reaction to his first point.

Oct. 30, 2008: In his ninth game, Stamkos scores his first NHL goal. At 9:51 of the first period of a scoreless game, he tips a Lecavalier shot past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. He assists on Ryan Malone's goal at 19:34 of the first and scores his second goal at 15:00 of the second. The Lightning win 5-2.

April 10, 2010: Stamkos scores at 5:28 of the second period against the Florida Panthers, giving him 50 goals for the 2009-10 season. At 20 years and two months, he is the third-youngest NHL player with 50 goals in a season, behind Wayne Gretzky (19 years, two months) and Jimmy Carson (19 years, eight months). Stamkos finishes with 51 goals, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby for the League lead, and wins his first Rocket Richard Trophy.

Jan. 30, 2011: Stamkos plays in his first NHL All-Star Game, at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. Playing for Team Nicklas Lidstrom, he has a second-period goal in an 11-10 victory against Team Eric Staal.

April 23, 2011: Stamkos scores his first two Stanley Cup Playoff goals in an 8-2 win against the Penguins. The Lightning advance to the conference final but lose to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in seven games. Stamkos has with six goals and 13 points in 17 games.

July 19, 2011: Stamkos, a restricted free agent, agrees to a five-year contract with the Lightning.

April 7, 2012: At 3:29 of the third period, Stamkos beats Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec for his 60th goal of the 2011-12 season. He's the 20th player in League history to score that many and wins his second Rocket Richard Trophy.

Nov. 11, 2013: Midway through the second period of a game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden, Stamkos falls into the goal post and breaks his right tibia. He is out for nearly four months and misses a chance to play for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

March 6, 2014: In Stamkos' first game back from his broken leg, the Lightning name him captain. Martin St. Louis, the previous captain, was traded to the Rangers the day before.

June 3, 2015: Stamkos plays his first Stanley Cup Final game, a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. He is kept off the score sheet in 17:17 of ice time. In the series, which Chicago wins in six games, he has one assist in six games.

Oct. 12, 2015: Stamkos scores a second-period power-play goal against the Bruins at TD Garden for his 500th NHL point.

Video: TBL@BOS: Stamkos scores PPG, records 500th point

March 31, 2016: Stamkos plays his final game of the 2015-16 regular season. Four days later, he has surgery to remove a blood clot near his right collarbone.

May 26, 2016: Stamkos returns for Game 7 of the conference final against the Penguins and has two shots on goal in a 2-1 loss.

June 29, 2016: Stamkos agrees to an eight-year contract with the Lightning. The contract has an average annual value of $8.5 million, TSN reports.

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