For Tampa Bay Lightning fans, March 17th won’t be just a St. Patrick’s Day game against the Vancouver Canucks. It will also be the 10th anniversary celebration of the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship!
The night will start out with Chase, sponsor of the evening, providing all fans in attendance with a replica of the Stanley Cup ring that the players received back in 2004, twelve years after the team entered into the NHL.
Throughout the game, alumni from the 2004 team, as well as Stanley himself, will be making appearances. 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. Front office staff involved in the evening 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. They will be available prior to the game outside of the Forum for autographs and pictures. Stanley will 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.
Marty St. Louis, alumni of the 2004 season, will be skating that night for the Lightning, while 2004 head coach, John Tortorella, will be coaching the Vancouver Canucks.
The night will bring fans back in time to 2004. In-game features such as music and trivia will revolve around the 2004 championship season. Special shirts to commemorate the evening will be on sale, and modelled by the Lightning girls during the game. There will be many other retail options that include 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 remains a crowning achievement for the franchise.