My Experience at the 2018 Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest


Jordan Dabbour, Staff Writer & Social Media Coordinator

Tampa, Fla.–On September 23, 2018, I attended the Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest for the second time in two years and there were many Lightning fans there as well.

As I walked into Amalie Arena with my grandpa, the stadium was packed with fans in blue and white jerseys ready to see the 2018-19 Lightning players. At around 12:30 p.m. in the afternoon, the players hit the ice and had a warm-up and then a short game. I watched both the warm-up and game on the television screen while I was in line waiting for player autographs.

At 2:00 p.m., I got to meet players and get their autographs or a pictures. When I was second in line to the front, one of the five players who represented the Lightning on the 2018 NHL All Star Game joined the autograph signing. It was center-man, Brayden Point, who was a replacement for the injured Victor Hedman. I walked up to Point with an 8 x 10 photo and he signed it in blue sharpie; and, when I got out of line, a man gave me two other autograph tickets to meet two other players. I met Braydon Coburn, who later signed my Lightning puck in silver sharpie, and I also met Lightning star, Nikita Kucherov.

When I walked up to Kucherov, he signed my triplets photo. The triplets were a hockey line which consisted of Lightning players Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov. I already had Palat sign the photo back in November of 2017. Now I have had Kucherov sign it, which leaves Johnson the only one left to sign the photo.

When the time comes for Fan Fest next year, I highly recommend that any sports fan go to it.