Bolts Sweep Awards | June 10, 2004 – The Lightning win big at the NHL Awards Show in 2004. Martin St. Louis becomes the first player in franchise history to win the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP), Lester B. Pearson Award (NHL MVP, as voted on by the NHL Players Association) and the Art Ross Trophy (NHL’s leading point scorer). John Tortorella wins the Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach and Brad Richards earns the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for displaying qualities of sportsmanship on the ice.
Bolts Win Lottery | April 7, 2008 – The Lightning win the NHL Draft Lottery for the first time in franchise history, paving the way to select Steven Stamkos with the first overall pick. Tampa Bay had the best chance of winning the lottery at 48.8 percent after earning 71 points the previous season.
Stanley Cup Champions | June 7, 2004 – The Lightning win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history with a 2-1 win in Game 7 versus the Calgary Flames at the St. Pete Times Forum. Ruslan Fedotenko scores both goals in the victory and the Lightning capture their first championship as Brad Richards is named MVP of the 2004 postseason.
Tortorella Takes Over | January 6, 2001 – John Tortorella is hired to become the franchise’s fifth head coach, replacing Steve Ludzik mid-way through the 2000-01 regular season. Tortorella guided the Lightning to a record of 46-22-8-6 and a Stanley Cup Championship during the 2003-04 season, winning the Jack Adams Award in the process as the league’s top coach.
Vinny Scores 50 | April 3, 2007 – Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier scores his 50th goal, becoming the first player in franchise history to win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy and reach the 50-goal plateau. Lecavalier finished the season with 52 goals as the NHL’s leading scorer, edging out Ottawa Senators forward Dany Heatley, who scored 50 goals.
Lightning Strikes in Tampa | December 6, 1990 – NHL President John A. Ziegler announces that the city of Tampa has been awarded a conditional franchise that will begin play in 1992-93. The Lightning was one of six teams to place a bid in hopes of landing a team. The NHL expands the league, adding teams to both the city of Tampa and Canada’s capital, Ottawa. With the two new additions, the NHL bumped their membership to 24 teams.
Stamkos Rockets to 50 | April 10, 2010 – Steven Stamkos scores his 50th goal of the season against the Florida Panthers, becoming just the second player in team history to hit the 50-goal plateau behind Vincent Lecavalier. Stamkos finishes the season with 51 goals and shares the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.
St. Louis Inks New Contract | July 1, 2010 – Martin St. Louis signs four-year contract extension that will keep the forward in Tampa Bay through the 2014-15 season, thus allowing him to expectedly finish his career with the Lightning. St. Louis ranks second in Lightning history for points and games played, and is the all-time leader for assists and shorthanded goals.