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The 25th anniversary of Tampa Bay landing the NHL

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It's not exactly the birthday of the Tampa Bay Lightning but it's sure as heck close. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the awarding of the Tampa Bay area with an NHL franchise. The date the franchise name was unveiled and uniforms and all of that was later on... The work of Phil Esposito to get a team here started earlier too... The process of becoming, as I like to say, started I-don't-know when. But today is the day he gained what he was going after. Today what we know and love was accepted as part of the NHL going forward. Happy birthday, Tampa Bay Lightning.