New statue honors 2004 Lightning team and captain

Tampa, Florida -- On Saturday night, the curtain came down and the Cup went up… AGAIN. This time in bronze.

It's a reminder of a moment that sends goosebumps up your arms. On June 7, 2004, Lord Stanley's Cup belonged to the Bolts.

"That image we just saw on the video – Dave holding the Cup over his head (is) the iconic moment of 2004 here in Tampa Bay," said team owner Jeff Vinik.

A decade later, the captain of that team has been immortalized.

"When you start your NFL career in 1982 at 18 years old you really don't expect to have a statue when you finish your career," said Dave Andreychuk. "Anybody who walks into this building now relives the moment. It was special. It was so special. Whether you were here or you were not here, you'll still talk about that day."

"I don't think there was a better leader that I ever saw play," said Phil Esposito, the man who brought the pro hockey franchise to Tampa Bay back in 1992. "When you lifted that Cup (Dave), you made me feel part of it on the ice."

The statue will be on display in front of the Forum - a reminder of what the team inside is skating for.


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