TAMPA — As theTo become the first NHL team since 1983 to win three straight Stanley Cups, they believed they needed all the luck they could muster. They asked the Lightning faithful for the ultimate act of fandom: to lend their lucky charms to help the team.
Given how superstitious everyone seems to be during Stanley Cup Playoffs, this is quite a request.
It was called “A Call to Charms.” The Lightning collected all things, from jewelry to dolls to jerseys, to a cardboard cutout Bernie Lomax from “Weekend at Bernie's.” They then had fans place them in a large transparent lightning rod. The good luck charms can be found in the concourse at the 300 level during home games. The bolt is carried on a large trunk with the team to the game.
Lightning's featured the trinkets submitted by fans. These include:
Raymond Bonn, “Barry the Stress Relief Cattle” — “During the five overtime game [in 2020]We just started to squeeze. It was coincidental that he was squeezed the second he got out.The overtime goal was scored by Barry. Barry is a legend now.” .
Stanton Family, “Lightning Tikis” — A Lightning-theme tiki was created by the family to accompany the playoffs. The team won the Cup, and the family felt the need to create one again for good fortune.
Paul Driscoll, “Nikita Chiquita shirt” Driscoll had a plum for breakfast before every Lightning playoff game in 2020. He switched to bananas in 2021. To commemorate the return to star wingerHe created a T-shirt that featured the Russian star and a banana, “Nikita Chiquita” from his surgery.
RJ & Luly Martin, “Plastic Goal Light” — “It was my mother's. She was a passionate Lightning fan and passed away three years back. Martin said to the team that it meant a lot to her to share our luck and to still be part of the Lightning.
The Lightning have had a wonderful postseason, progressing to the 2022 Eastern Conference Final, further than any other team that tried a three-peat since 1980.