COVID-19 will put a damper on Stanley Cup celebrations in 2020


Ask anyone who’s ever won the Stanley Cup and he’ll tell you one of the most enduring memories of the experience is the opportunity to have the most beautiful trophy in sports for a day and share it with the people most important in his life. And after winning the most unique – and challenging – championship in NHL history in September, the Tampa Bay Lightning will almost certainly be deprived of that opportunity in 2020.

With uncertainty over when next season is going to start and concerns about plummeting ratings and revenues, the off-season Stanley Cup tour isn’t exactly uppermost on the league’s list of priorities at the moment. Even though nothing has been decided yet, members of the Lightning have been privately told not to count on having their traditional day with the Cup this year.