Tampa Bay Lightning Tickets
Below is the 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning schedule for St. Pete Times Forum. To buy tickets select the date of the Hockey game you would like to attend and you will be taken to available seating. Please call 1-800-550-7556 if you prefer to order your Lightning tickets by phone.
Tampa Bay Lightning Team Info
Ready to start a brand new season, the Lightning are a hot commodity for fans. Coming back from a short-lived play off run last season, Head Coach John Tortorella is confident that the team can go deeper this winter. In the off-season, they have been working on some new strategies that will give them back a taste of their 2003-04 championship season.
After a beginning filled with scandal, including connections to Japanese crime families, rumors of bankruptcy and investigations by the IRS, the Lightning franchise worked hard to build up a respectable reputation. When he lost $20 million in the 1998-99 season, owner Art Williams sold the team to Bill Davidson for $115 million. Anxious to turn the team around, Davidson made some major changes to management. He appointed Ron Campbell as team president, who in turn fired and hired many employees. Campbell fired Jacques Demers and replaced him with Rick Dudley. In his first act as general manager, Dudley brought Steve Ludzik in as Tampa Bay’s new coach. However, like Demers, Ludzik was unable to rebuild the team from its previous ashes and he was replaced with John Tortorella in 2001. While the team didn’t make the playoffs, they did score more than 60 points for the first time since 1997. Then, 2002-03 became a breakout season for the Lightning. Although they had a relatively young roster, the team proved themselves early on, breaking the 90 point barrier for the first time in their entire history. It was then that they made their appearance in the playoffs where they advanced on to the second round. While they were unable to defeat thier rivals in the second round, they did prove themselves to be a respectable, NHL worthy team for the first time. However, it was the 2003-04 season that would etch them into history. In a huge upset in the first round of the playoffs, the Lightning won 4-1. Advancing to the second round, Tampa Bay took down the opposition in four short games. Round three saw the team up against a top contender, where after a grueling seven game series, the Lightning came out victorious yet again, sending them to the finals. It was there that they won their first and only Stanley Cup to date.