A Bolt from the Past: Vinny Prospal

Sometime around 2002 I saw an interview with Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin that I always thought was hilarious. Khabby was plowing through the interview in his typical short understandable but very Russian sounding English when the subject of teammates came up. I am not sure why but for some reason […]

A Bolt from the Past: Dave Andreychuk

“You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” –Herb Brooks I had tickets to opening night of the Lightning’s 2001-02 season. The Lightning were playing the Isles, and I had not paid much attention over the offseason so when I saw […]

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A Bolt from the Past: Alex Selivanov

”I feel puck on skate, I look down, see puck. Thank you very much. It go in.” – Alex Selivanov April 22, 1996. Alexander Selivanov was an exciting but streaky scorer who played right wing for the Bolts from 1994 to 1999. He was a Moscow native who drew the […]

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A Bolt from the Past: Tim Taylor

In late 2001 and early 2002 something happened to the Lightning. After a decade of strange moves and odd transactions (many done for monetary reasons alone), they started to make moves that would change the franchise that up till then had been impressive mostly for its disappointments. Among the moves […]

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A Bolt from the Past: John Tucker

During the first season of Lightning hockey you could find John Tucker in the parking lot. He would gladly shake your hand or take a photo to promote the team. He also didn’t have a lot of options because the players had to park in the general admission lot with […]