Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning unveils Dave Andreychuk statue

The Lightning on Saturday before the game with the Stars unveiled a statue of former captain Dave Andreychuk hoisting the Stanley Cup. It will be displayed on the west plaza at the Tampa Bay Times Forum near the statue of team founder Phil Esposito.

"This is about uis celebrating a magical, magical moment," said Andreychuk, now Tampa bay's vice president for corporate and community affairs. "To still be having a party about what we did is exciting."

Andreychuk on having a statue on the plaza: Overwhelming to really think about it. When I think about the statue, what does the statue mean? To me it's to celebrate the day, to celebrate what actually happened here. It's not what I did. It's what the team did. It's what the community did, and I am so proud that anybody that walks into this building now relives the moment. It was special. It was so special. Whether you were here or not here, you'll still talk about that day. That's going to live on forever and that's incredible.

On the process: It's a year in the making. I saw it six months ago. That was the last time I saw it. It's so cool that (owner Jeff Vinik), that whole group, has embraced 10 years ago what we did. We shouldn't forget that. There's a lot of cities in this league that don't get to do that, and now it will live on forever.

On bringing another Cup to the Tampa Bay area: No doubt. I think three are a lot of people here in the community who went through that went though the 2½ months for us to get to this level. It's not easy. We know that. But to get a chance to do this again for our community, it's really cool.

On remembering the 2003-04 Cup team: This group here, Mr. Vinik, obviously, have embraced 10 years go what happened. We can't forget that. We should be proud that this community, we were wold champions at one time. It wasn't just about what happened in the building. Really, it's about the whole community.

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