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Epic Scenes from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Legendary Stanley Cup Celebration

Epic Scenes from the Tampa Bay Lightning's Legendary Stanley Cup Celebration

After being isolated from the families for over sixty days in a bubble, competing their asses off for the hardest trophy to win in sports, and ultimately redeeming themselves for one of the biggest upsets in hockey history, it’s no wonder the 2019-20 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning would go on an ABSOLUTE BENDER to celebrate their accomplishment.

For me, nothing is more entertaining than watching a bunch of professional athletes let loose and act like children.  It normalizes them, makes them more relatable, and lets me live vicariously through them (like you, I’ve never won a Cup).

So, without further ado, I give you the most legendary moments of the 48 hour celebation following the Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory.

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Lightning Captain Steven Stamkos was the first player to hoist the Cup.

Steven Stamkos celebrates with teammates.  Epic Scenes from the Tampa Bay Lightning's Legendary Stanley Cup Celebration. Epic Scenes from the Tampa Bay Lightning's Legendary Stanley Cup Celebration

Steven Stamkos hoists the Stanley Cup. Epic Scenes from the Tampa Bay Lightning's Legendary Stanley Cup Celebration

As players, I can’t even imagine the feeling of celebrating in the locker room with your teammates after winning. Drinking champagne and bud lights from the Cup, cigars, hugs, tears, relief, elation.

Thank You, NHL for Successfully Completing the 2019-20 Season

Steven Stamkos drinks from the Stanley Cup.  Epic Scenes from the Tampa Bay Lightning's Legendary Stanley Cup Celebration.

 

From the locker room to the hotel rooftop in Edmonton. The boys were buzzin’.

There are some crazy stories about the Stanley Cup, but I’m pretty sure no one has ever dropped it off of a roof.  Good save here by Sergachev.

Time to go back home to Tampa. Only this time, they’re coming back 35 pounds heavier.

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Alex Killorn sleeps with the Stanley Cup on the trip back to Tampa from Edmonton.  Epic Scenes from the Tampa Bay Lightning's Legendary Stanley Cup Celebration

“It takes a lot to be in a bubble for 80 days or whatever long it was,” Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said. “But it’s all worth it now: We’re coming home with the Cup.”

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the cup is home. 😍

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Get your kleenex out because this next part might make you feel some emotions. The players, coaches and staff were finally reunited with their family 65 days after entering the NHL bubble on July 26th.

Tampa Bay Lightning's Blake Coleman places his seven month-old daughter Charlie in the Stanley Cup as Coleman's wife Jordan, left, looks on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Lightning’s Blake Coleman places his seven month-old daughter Charlie in the Stanley Cup as Coleman’s wife Jordan, left, looks on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | TIMES

From here, players and staff then boarded open-air trolleys that brought them to Amalie Arena for a Stanley Cup Champions On-Ice Celebration.

The Tampa Bay Lightning team returns to downtown Tampa in a trolleybus along Bayshore Boulevard bringing home the Stanley Cup on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning team returns to downtown Tampa in a trolleybus along Bayshore Boulevard bringing home the Stanley Cup on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. IVY CEBALLO | TIMES

The Lighting's Nikita Kucherov kisses the Stanley Cup while skating around Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

 

The Lighting’s Nikita Kucherov kisses the Stanley Cup while skating around Amalie Arena on Tuesday.  DIRK SHADD | Times

One of my favorite moments happened at Amalie Arena when Jimmy Fallon interviewed Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Victor Hedman while players glided past in the background drinking beers.

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The real action took place the following day (Wednesday, September 30th) as the team celebrated with the fans, which consisted of a boat parade on the Hillsborough River followed by a celebration ceremony at Raymond James Stadium.

Alex Killorn is ready for the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Boat Parade.

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We need to normalize boat parades

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Does it get any better than this?

Alex Killorn hoists the Stanley Cup from his jet ski during the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Boat Parade. Epic Scenes from the Tampa Bay Lightning's Legendary Stanley Cup Celebration

As a matter of fact, it does. If peeing your pants is cool, consider Pat Maroon Miles Davis.

What a legend.

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Almost 48 hours after winning the cup, very little sleep, and probably a thousand bud lights later, the players made their way to Raymond James Stadium to celebrate with fans at Raymond James Stadium.

Ray Jay was rockin’ for the boys.

As you can tell, at this point in the festivities the players are very sober.

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Me at every Tuesday $1 beer night in college

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Looks like the Lightning had a terrible time after winning the Cup…I kid, I kid.  What an epic celebration and deservedly so.  As the saying goes, to the victor go the spoils.  Enjoy it, boys!

 

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – SEPTEMBER 28: The Tampa Bay Lightning pose for their team photo with the Stanley Cup following the series-winning victory over the Dallas Stars in Game Six of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place on September 28, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)

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