Five days after winning the franchise’s second consecutive Stanley Cup, Tampa Bay Lightning follows in the footsteps of its NFL counterpart – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – and celebrates with a boat parade on Monday.
With some interesting comedies and documentaries by Tom Brady during the Bucs Super Bowl parade and a press conference with Bud Light with Tampa’s predecessor Nikita Kucherov, no one really knows what to expect from his celebration. Lightning.
Some are wondering: Will Lightning celebrate the sporting success of Tampa (two Stanley Cups, a Super Bowl) over the past 10 months by paying tribute to Brady’s flying?
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Following Lightning’s Game 5 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, reporters asked Tampa Mayor Jane Castor if he was worried about the trophy being repeated during the Lightning parade.
“It’s their day,” said Mayor Castor. “We are always prepared. We have divers if Stanley is found. We will bring it back in a short time. “
In February, Brady made headlines with a video of him flying the Lombardy trophy just over ten feet from his boat to Cameron Brate on another boat. The seven-time Super Bowl champion said the details of the throw were foggy, but joked about the situation months later.
Logically, throwing the Stanley Cup a few meters may not be as smooth as throwing the Vince Lombardi trophy. At 22 inches tall, the Lombardi weighs just 7 pounds. Lord Stanley, on the other hand, is just under 3 feet tall and weighs 34.5 pounds. Add some alcohol and rocky water from Tropical Storm Elsa and tossing the NHL trophy from one boat to another may not be the best means of transportation.
If you try to fly, there is no doubt that the Stanley Cup will sink almost 82 feet, the maximum depth of Tampa Bay. After the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Cup in 1991, during a group party at Mario Lemieux’s home, Phil Bourque threw the Cup into the pool, where he sank to the bottom.
No matter what happens in the water, the Tampa Police diving team will be ready. The members of this team will be on standby, according to 10 Tampa Bay, and have been informed to watch the Stanley Cup while accompanying the team and the trophy during the parade.
However, Tampa Dive Officer Chris Audet hopes that Lightning players will not try to repeat Brady’s risk.
“My biggest concern for us would be for people to accidentally jump into the water trying to recover it themselves,” Audet told 10 Tampa Bay. “… If the Stanley Cup decides to swim that day, the TPD diving team is ready to retrieve it.”
The event is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at Tampa Riverwalk, less than a mile from Lightning’s Amalie Arena. With the boat team, fans are encouraged to spread out on both sides of the river along the parade route before the mainland celebration continues at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.