I haven’t talked about the local hockey team that much this year, the Tampa Bay Lightning. If you don’t follow NHL hockey, let me just say they’re having an outstanding year. Currently they’re one of the last four teams in the playoff race, battling the New York Rangers to determine the Eastern representative for the Stanley Cup championship series, with the series tied at one game apiece in a race to four games to determine the series winner.
Hockey has always gone over well here, going back to the Suncoast Suns of the early 1970’s at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg. Now, the Lightning may be on the verge of being the first major sports franchise in this area to have won multiple championships. The Bucs only won one Super Bowl in 2003, and the Rays got to the World Series in 2008 before losing to Philadelphia’s Phillies.
Game 3 is tonight on the NBC Sports Network. Looking forward to some more ice kicking. Here’s hoping they do well.