Your 2020 Stanley Cup Champs: Tampa Bay Lightning*

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The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup, we had no idea when we’d see hockey again. Sixteen years later, the Lightning are once again champions and again we have no idea when hockey will return. So depending on how much COVID-19 plays havoc with the world over the next couple of months, the Lightning have a chance at another long Stanley Cup reign.

And that is entirely fitting, because the Stanley Cup they won was the most difficult to win in the history of the game. And that’s why it deserves an asterisk. It’s why the Tampa Bay Lightning can leave the bubble in Edmonton with the most beautiful trophy in sports with their heads held high, knowing they earned every one of its 34.5 pounds and then some.