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Since the team was formed in 1992, the Tampa Bay Lightning have become one of the most popular sports attractions in the Tampa, Florida area. The Lightning are so popular that the Tampa Bay is often called “Hockey Bay” during the season.
Tampa Bay Lightning Ticket Holders watch their home team light up the ice at Amalie Arena, which holds more than 19,000 fans. Tickets to the stadium are available at Golden Tickets.
The Lightning won their first and only Stanley Cup in 2004, beating the Calgary Flames. The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first franchise in NHL history not able to defend their Stanley Cup championship the following season. That’s because of the lockout that occurred during the entire 2004–2005 season. Once the 2005–2006 season finally rolled around, a year off definitely made all the difference with this championship team. They barely squeaked into the playoffs, where they lost against the Ottawa Senators.
The Lightning reached the Stanley Cup finals again in 2015 but lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in 6 games. While Tampa Bay Lightning Ticket Holders wait to see if lightning can strike twice in the form of a second Stanley Cup win, they can always take pride in the fact that their team made history during their first season on the ice. Canadian ice hockey player Manon Rheaume became the NHL’s first female goalie when she played one period in an exhibition match between the Lightning and the St. Louis Blues. She stopped 7 out of 9 shots at goal and her impressive debut eventually got her signed to the Lightning’s premiere minor league club based in Atlanta. No other female ice hockey athlete has played on any NHL team since.