Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning were established as an expansion team in 1992, joining the NHL's Eastern Conference. The team has won one Stanley Cup (in 2004) but has yet to find any long-lasting success within the league. During their 2018-19 season, the team tied the league's record for wins in a season at 62, but they were upset in the first round of the postseason by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Some notable Lightning players include Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman.
Here is some basic information about the team:
Founding Year: 1992
City: Tampa, FL
Number of Stanley Cups: 1 (2004)
Owner: Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment
Head Coach: Jon Cooper
Stadium: Amalie Arena
History of the Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning began playing in the NHL in 1992, the same year that the Ottawa Senators were added in an effort to expand to new markets. The team did not find any success in the league until their fourth season, in which they made it to the postseason for the first time. Before that, the team was finishing last or second-to-last in their division without any hope of success.
After their unsuccessful postseason appearance in the 1995-96 season, the team returned to an under .500 record for the next six seasons. The team was consistently finishing last in their division, despite three separate coaching changes and Vincent Lecavalier setting records for the team left and right.
The 2002-03 season was a brief turning point for the team, as they reached the postseason for only the second time in franchise history. They lost in the second round, but returned the next year to win their first and only Stanley Cup title with the help of Martin St. Louis. They reached the postseason twice more after the victory, but were unsuccessful both times.
The next six seasons included another stretch of unsuccessful play, only making the playoffs in the 2010-11 season before two more seasons of poor records. The team seemed revitalized under new head coach Jon Cooper in 2013, when they returned to the postseason once more and lost in the Stanley Cup Finals the following season. Cooper has led the team to 5 postseasons in his 6 seasons as head coach, including their most successful season in history during 2018-19. The team posted a .780 record and finished first in their division, but were stunned in the first round of the playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Lightning All-Time Leaders
Here are some of the Lightning's all-time leaders for various categories: