The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated their Stanley Cup title with a boat parade and ceremonies Wednesday at Raymond James Stadium.
The boat parade featured forward Alex Killorn on a jet-ski with Steven Stamkos riding on the back as they held up the Stanley Cup and did laps around the boats in the Hillsborough River. The parade was followed by a public trophy celebration at the stadium with a capped attendance of 16,000 people.
The Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars, four games to two, to win their second championship, in a season upended by the coronavirus pandemic.
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who scored 10 goals in the postseason, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player throughout the playoffs.This is the Lightning’s second Stanley Cup win in franchise history with the first coming in the 2003-2004 season. In an unbelievable scene that sports fans may see play out again in future sporting championships, the Lightning team reveled and hoisted the Stanley Cup trophy with no fans to cheer them on in a relatively quiet celebration.