Tampa Bay Lightning: A Look Back at the Lightning’s Great Rick Peckham
We all love to watch our favorite teams on television. This is when we cannot attend the games in person. My favorite professional sports franchise is the Tampa Bay Lightning. I became a Lightning fan mainly in 2002. I had been a fan of the game of hockey being that I love sports since coming out of the womb. In 2002 I found fee tickets while I was in high school. I attend the first game with my father and did not know what the rules where. Luckily enough they were giving out signs with all of the penalty calls on the back. I became a season ticket holder for nine years after the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004. When I was unable to attend the games I would turn into Rick Peckham on Sun Sports part of Fox Sports Network.
Rick Peckham has been with the Tampa Bay Lightning since the team came into the league in 1996. Before the Lightning Peckham was with the Hartford Whalers from 1984 to 1995. The Whalers moved to North Carolina and became the Carolina Hurricanes. In the beginning, Peckham’s broadcast partner was Bobby Taylor. Taylor was a former player with the Philadelphia Flyers player that he won two Stanley Cups with. It was an absolute pleasure hearing these two even when the Lightning lost. There were some dark years with the Lightning where they lost a lot of games. During my nine years as a season ticket holder, there was only one year the Lightning had a winning season. One of Peckham’s famous calls “He scores!” for whatever player scored the goal. He was calling the game seven of the Stanley Cup finals when the Lightning one their Stanley Cup.
The Lightning only has one Stanley Cup in franchise history. That came against the Calgary Flames. This was an exciting moment for the Lightning franchise. In the last few years, the Lightning has been a winning franchise. It always easier for the broadcaster to call games. Peckham’s final two years where great. In 2019 season the Lightning won 64 wins and set a franchise record and won the President’s Trophy. Unfortunately, the Lightning was eliminated in the first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jackets won four straight and sent the Lightning home way early that many thought they should have been. This year started on a rough start but the Lightning got better all before the Covid-19 hit the world and shut down everything. The Lightning manages to get back and have a good start in the round-robin round going 3-1.
The Lightning would play one again the Columbus Blue Jackets. This time they would come out on top. In-game one the Lightning would have a five OT game that they would win. The series would end in five games with the Lightning moving on. In Peckham’s last game he got to call a win as Brayden Point scored once again in overtime. His call was “Point in overtime and Jon Cooper and Tampa Bay will be moving on to the next round”. After the game, his colleagues all came and toasted champagne. They were all asked what the best time they had with him was. Peckham got emotional towards the end. All of the Lightning fans on social media said thank you and said they will miss him next year. It will be interesting to see what happens next year without Peckham.
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