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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Tampa Bay Lightning - Franchise, Team, Arena and Uniform History

Tampa Bay Lightning uniform evolution poter

Oct 2023: This is a prototype poster and is not yet available for sale. When the Tampa Bay Lightning posters are available for sale, they will be available from Heritage Sports Stuff as reasonably priced 8" x 24" plaqued posters that are ready to hang on your wall.

Oct 2023: Almost all of the 9 actual original watercolor paintings used in this poster are available for sale – see Section 5 of this blog.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning – The Franchise History
This franchise was established (by established we mean the year of the franchise’s first game) in 1992-93.  The team has always been known as the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 1992-93 The NHL expanded to 24 teams with the addition of the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

2. Tampa Bay Lightning – Championships/Great Accomplishments
Three Stanley Cup Championships:
2003-04 Defeated the Calgary Flames 4 games to 3
2019-20 Defeated the Dallas Stars 4 games to 2
2020-21 Defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 1

Two Stanley Cup finals losses:
2014-15 lost to Chicago Blackhawks 4 games to 2
2021-22 lost to Colorado Avalanche 4 games to 2

Between 2002-03 and 2022-23, the Lightning have had an incredible string of playoff success:
- Made the playoffs 14 out of 20 seasons (no season in 2004-05)
- Won 24 playoff series while only losing 11 series
- Made the Stanley Cup Finals 5 times in 20 seasons (no season in 2004-05), winning three

3. Tampa Bay Lightning – Home Arena History
The Tampa Bay Lightning franchise has played in three home arenas:

1. Expo Hall, East Lake-Orient Park FL  1992-93
A pen and ink aerial view image of the Expo Hall will be added Q1 2024.

2. ThunderDome (now known as Tropicana Field), St. Petersburg FL  1993-96
A pen and ink aerial view image of the ThunderDome will be added Q1 2024.

3. Amalie Arena, Tampa FL  1996-Present
Also known as:
Ice Palace 1996-2002
St. Pete Times Forum 2002–2012
Tampa Bay Times Forum 2012–2014
Amalie Arena 2014-Present

A pen and ink aerial view image of Amalie Arena will be added Q1 2024.

4. For more information on the Tampa Bay Lightning, you should visit/bookmark these great websites:

A. I personally think Wikipedia keeps getting better and better with each passing year – here is the Tampa Bay Lightning Wikipedia site:

B. For a great season-by-season summary of each Tampa Bay Lightning season:

C. These guys do a great job of team (and player) stats for all active and defunct franchises

D. For some good info about arenas past, present and future, visit this site (and don’t be fooled by the their name – even though it’s ballparks dot com, they do a good job on hockey arenas too):

E. For great stats on past and present players and prospects, these guys do an amazing job:

5. Celebrate the Tampa Bay Lightning jersey history by owning a famous piece of jersey artwork:
If you love the Tampa Bay Lightning and the history of the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic jerseys as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 9 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 9 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Tampa Bay Lightning YouTube video or go directly to the artwork website where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel .

This text was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated October 17, 2023. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at !

Many thanks!!!

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