February 1, 2013 - Lightning take an early lead, and end it with the score of 8-3. Photos: R. Pitts/ CC Media + Entertainment
Steven Stamkos met with fans during the holidays!
Photots from the Bolts' 4-3 win over Buffalo on October 25th, 2011
Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper joined Steve Duemig on Thursday and showed a lot of enthusiasm as the Bolt's newest Head Coach. "Its an amazing experience", Cooper said about his new appointed position. Cooper also gave high praises to Lightning owner, Jeff Vinik, calling him an unbelievable owner. "You have to put at the top of owners", Cooper said of Vinik.
Last year was a regraded as a disappointing season for the Bolts, being only two years removed from one win away from the Stanley Cup. Former Head Coach Guy Boucher was let go in late March, and Jon Cooper was quickly hired as the new general of the Bolts. Cooper was the coach of the Norfolk Admiral, the Lightning's AHL affiliate, before moving to the NHL. The biggest difference for Cooper, the magnitude of the constant media in the NHL.
Cooper is well aware where the Lightning and their fans want to go, the playoffs. Cooper said that the core of the team is all here and he wants to do what he can to take them where they want to go.
One thing is for sure, Cooper is ready for his first full year as a NHL head coach. "Can hardly wait to get to it."
Listen to everything Coach Cooper had to say to Big Dog.
The NHL and its fans know the kind of player Marty St. Louis is and has been his entire career. But no one knows the type of person he is better than the Bolts fans here in Tampa. Thursday morning, it was announced that St. Louis is a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy which is awarded to, in a nutshell, the best sportsman in the league. Lightning fans know just how great a guy Marty is and now he may just have some hardware to back that up.
The official NHL press release is below.
(Via NHL Release) – Right wing Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, left wing Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders and right wing Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, with more detail on format to be released at a later date.
Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, in alphabetical order:
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
St. Louis led the NHL with 43 assists and 60 points in 48 games to capture his second career Art Ross Trophy (2003-04). He averaged 1.25 points per game, becoming one of only three players in League history to achieve that mark at age 37 or older (Mario Lemieux, 2002-03; Gordie Howe, 1968-69). St. Louis also ranked second among NHL forwards in total time on ice (1,055:12), but was assessed just 14 penalty minutes. The Laval, Que., native is a two-time Lady Byng winner (2009-10, 2010-11) and has been voted a finalist for the award on four other occasions.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Kane ranked fifth in the NHL in both goals (23) and points (55), leading Chicago to its second Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history. He played in 47 games, averaging 20:03 of playing time, but was whistled for just eight penalty minutes – the fewest among the top 20 point-producers in the League. Kane also recorded a +11 rating, his second-best plus/minus in his six-year NHL career, and tied for seventh in the League with eight power-play goals. The 24-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., native is a Lady Byng finalist for the first time.
Matt Moulson, New York Islanders
Moulson placed in the top three on the Islanders in goals (15), assists (29) and points (44), helping the team to its first playoff berth in six years. He totaled four penalty minutes in 47 games, tied with San Jose forward Logan Couture for the fewest among the top 50 scorers in the League. Moulson also posted his fourth consecutive 15-goal season, tied for seventh in the NHL with eight power-play goals and logged an average of
19:09 per game. The 29-year-old North York, Ont., native is a Lady Byng finalist for the second straight year, having finished third in voting in 2011-12.
Lady Byng, wife of Canada’s Governor-General at the time, presented the Lady Byng Trophy during the 1924-25 season. After Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers won the award seven times in eight seasons, he was given the trophy to keep and Lady Byng donated another trophy in 1936. After Lady Byng’s death in 1949, the National Hockey League presented a new trophy, changing the name to the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens, Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks and Ray Shero of the Pittsburgh Penguins were named Monday as first-time finalists to be the NHL's general manager of the year.
In his first season as an NHL general manager, Bergevin guided the Canadiens to the Northeast Division title. Montreal was also the league's most improved club this season, earning the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Murray oversaw a Ducks team that had its best regular-season finish. Anaheim won the Pacific Division winner and No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
Shero helped lead the Penguins to their first Atlantic Division title since 2008 and the No. 1 seed in the East. Key additions solidified Pittsburgh's roster.
Voting for the award was conducted among the league's 30 general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media. The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup finals.