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NHL Centennial Tour Stop in Tampa Bay

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For all you ice hockey fans out there, did you know this year marks the 100th year of the National Hockey League?  To celebrate this event, the league has the NHL Centennial Tour stopping by various hockey markets.  This weekend, it stopped in Tampa Bay, home of our favorite Tampa Bay Lightning!

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NHL Centennial Tour Fan Arena – not a busy day!

The mobile tour “fan arena” was set up for three days in one of the parking lots in front of Amalie Arena.  There was an outdoor ball hockey rink, a museum truck featuring select hockey memorabilia throughout the years, and best of all, the revered Stanley Cup!

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Trying out his shooting skills!

The truck museum exhibited historical memorabilia such as gloves, sticks, and masks of various hockey legends throughout the years.  There were spots for photo opportunities as well, like a photo of you sitting in the locker room as if you were one of the players!

I learned random facts, like how Zdeno Chára is the tallest hockey player ever at 6 feet 9 inches, and that teams usually have 52 names engraved on the Stanley Cup, though the maximum can be 54.  It took about 20 minutes to visit all the displays inside this exhibit.

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The transformation of goalie equipment throughout the years.
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Alexander Ovechkin’s hockey stick from the 2011 All-Star Game.

Then, it was time for Lord Stanley’s Cup!  It was my third time, but my son’s and niece’s first time, seeing the Stanley Cup, so I was super excited about this. 

Surprisingly, there was not a lot of people while we were there (most likely due to it being a weekday during work and school hours).  The good part about that was that we were able to spend as much time as we wanted taking photographs with the Cup!

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My niece sitting inside the Stanley Cup!

For a little bit of hockey trivia, the Tampa Bay Lightning have only won the Cup once, back in 2004.  The current Stanley Cup champions are the Pittsburgh Penguins.  In fact, they won back-to-back championships in 2016 and again in 2017, and you can see that engraved on the Stanley Cup.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins’ back-to-back championships are forever engraved on the Stanley Cup.

The next stops are Ottawa, Toronto, and New York City.  The final tour stop is at the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field on January 1st.

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