NHL: 2018 All-Star Game Logo A Win For Tampa Bay Region

Jan 29, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Detail view of the all star game logo during media day for the 2016 NHL All Star Game at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL officially unveiled the 2018 All-Star game logo on Friday night, with Tampa Bay Lightning fans receiving the coveted first glimpse during a preseason game. For them, hosting the game is a dream come true.

Held every January, the league’s mid-season classic showcases all of the games biggest stars on one grand old stage. In 2018 that stage is Amalie Arena located in downtown Tampa, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

What makes this year’s event stand out is that it will be held in conjunction with the city’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Invasion. A big part of this regions history, coupling the All Star festivities with the areas most popular event will give visitors a glimpse at all that Tampa Bay has to offer. The logo encompasses that aspect and more.

It has the palm trees, ocean and sunshine that this area’s known for. There’s also a puck, as fans down here love their hockey contrary to popular belief. The orange and yellow coloring captures features seen in all of Florida, though to Bolts fans it’s reminiscent of the team colors used by their cross-state rival, the Florida Panthers.

All in all, the logo represents the Tampa Bay region in all of its glory. It gives fans around the world a chance to see how the Lightning’s fan base has evolved over the years. Back in 1999, this team was in its infancy. They’re now set to celebrate their 25th anniversary with the nation watching.

Can this fan base respond, showing the strides they’ve made to becoming elite? While unknown, there’s excitement in the air and a sense of belief among these fans. They know what’s at stake and are ready for their close-up.

Lights. Camera. Action! Tampa Bay, this is your time to shine!

 

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