Based in Tampa, Florida, the Tampa Bay Lightning is a professional ice hockey team. The Tampa Bay Lightning is a member of the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division of the National Hockey League (NHL). They have won one Stanley Cup championship in their history, in the year 2004. The team is usually referred to as the Bolts and the nickname is used on their current third jersey. The Tampa Bay Lightning plays their home games in the St. Pete Times Forum at the Tampa. Florida.
The Lightning first took the ice on October7th, 1992 and played in Tampa's tiny 11,000-seat Expo Hall at Florida State Fairgrounds. They stunned the visiting Chicago Blackhawks by 7-3 with four goals by the little-known Chris Kontos, a scoring spot not matched by any of the Lightning player. The Bolts shot to the top of the Norris Division of the Campbell Conference within a month, behind Kontos' initial hot scoring pace and a breakout season by forward Brian Bradley. Moreover, they twisted under the strain of some of the longest road trips in the league — Tampa Bay Lightning’s nearest division rival were the St. Louis, over 1,000 miles from Tampa — and finished at last place. Their 53 points in season 1992-93, however, was one of the best performances ever by an NHL expansion team.