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Lightning Round: Bolts fans celebrate 19 years since first Stanley Cup championship

The Stanley Cup
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June 7th, 2004 was when the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise hoisted the Stanley Cup for the very first time. They were the original “hockey in the south” success story and have added two additional championships to the rafts since that time.

Love the throughline from Fedotenko to Coleman!

Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals is tonight, here’s a story about Brandon Montour and Zach Whitecloud, who get to represent their Indigenous nations on hockey’s biggest stage.

Why this Stanley Cup is so important to Indigenous players Brandon Montour and Zach Whitecloud
Having Whitecloud and Montour both in the Cup Final is a source of great pride for both the players and their communities.

In transaction news, we got two contracts signed yesterday. First, the expected Vladislav Gavrikov contract that did end up being two years long. I believe with this, Gavrikov will get a chance to sign an “into the sunset” contract in a couple years when the cap has risen when he’s still only 28.

Kings Sign Defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov To a Two-Year Contract Extension
Gavrikov’s contract runs through the 2024-25 season with an AAV of $5,875,000

Chicago signed Andreas Athanasiou to a two-year contract as well. He’s going to help fill out their tanking roster.

The Blackhawks have reportedly signed forward Andreas Athanasiou to a new contract
The veteran forward was heading towards unrestricted free agency this offseason.

Chicago also hired Darren Pang to join their local TV Broadcast.

Report: Blackhawks hiring Darren Pang for TV broadcast role while another member departs
Pang’s reported arrival also means one member of the broadcast team is departing.

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