Lightning to host 10-year Stanley Cup anniversary celebration March 17
TAMPA BAY -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will hold a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the franchise's 2004 Stanley Cup Championship on Monday, March 17 when they take on the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Chase is the proud presenter of the 10th Anniversary platform and will provide all fans in attendance with a replica of the actual Stanley Cup ring that was distributed to the players following the championship.
The night will feature appearances by a number of alumni from the 2004 team as well as the trophy they captured, the Stanley Cup. Alumni expected to attend are captain Dave Andreychuk, Ben Clymer, Jassen Cullimore, Chris Dingman, Pavel Kubina, Brad Lukowich, Fredrik Modin, Stan Neckar, Nolan Pratt, Andre Roy, Tim Taylor and Cory Stillman. Fellow alum Martin St. Louis will be skating for the Lightning that night. The staff will be represented as well, as Vancouver is coached by then-Lightning bench boss, John Tortorella. Also participating will be former team president Ron Campbell, general manager Jay Feaster, associate coach Craig Ramsay and assistant athletic trainer Adam Rambo. Current staff members, video coach Nigel Kirwan, head medial trainer Tom Mulligan, head equipment manager Ray Thill and others, will also be recognized.
The alumni will be available prior to the game outside the Times Forum for autographs and pictures, while the Stanley Cup will also be on display for photos. Fans will be given a commemorative poster, presented by Chase. All alumni will also be part of a pre-game ceremony on the ice.
The night will feature a number of other elements from 2004. In-game features such as music and trivia will also revolve around the Lightning's 2004 Cup Championship, while the Lightning Girls will model one of the commemorative shirts for sale during the game. The shirts will be just one of many retail options available, that also include other apparel and pucks. In addition, the third period of Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final will be shown on LightningVision following the game.
The Lightning won their first Stanley Cup on July 7, 2004 following a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames in the seventh and final game of the series. It was the crowning achievement of the franchise to that point, just 12 years after entering the National Hockey League.