The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning (sometimes called the Bolts) arrived on the scene in 1992. When the team debuted, Tampa Bay Lightning hockey jerseys were the first in the NHL to use a black-and-blue color scheme. They achieved early notoriety as the first professional sports team in North America to allow a woman to play. Manon Rhéaume, later an Olympic medalist in women's ice hockey, briefly saw action in the pre-season for the Lightning.
The team’s first appearance in the NHL post-season came in 1996. Though they were eliminated in the first round, the Lightning made NHL history when game 3 of their series against the Philadelphia Flyers attracted a playoff-record crowd of 28,183 fans to the Thunderdome in St. Petersburg, FL. The following season, they relocated to the Ice Palace (later renamed Amalie Arena) in Tampa.
The late '90s were rough for the Lightning, but they soon came back strong. They won the prized Stanley Cup in 2004, edging past the Calgary Flames with a 2-1 victory in game 7. They returned to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015, but their campaign for a second championship fell short when they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks, in 6 games. More recently, the Lightning won their first Presidents' Trophy (2019) for best regular-season record.
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