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Diana C. Nearhos - Lightning Reporter

Lightning Reporter

I’ve only ever been employed as a professional people-watcher: a lifeguard and a journalist. I am an incessant questioner who just wants to find and share a story. I enjoy getting to know the people involved with a game and sharing them with the reader. My life in sports started at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium at age 2, or it started at birth when my dad put a stuffed basketball in my crib for easy identification. Covering the Lightning is the obvious combination of those two loves, sports and telling stories.

  1. An empty Amalie Arena is seen in March in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  2. The Lightning parodied "The Mighty Ducks" and their Flying V formation in Alex Killorn's latest video. [Alex Killorn via Twitter]
  3. Goals used by the Nashville Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., in March. [MARK HUMPHREY  |  AP]
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  5. A screenshot of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's address to the NHL community.  Bettman discussed the meaning behind Phase 2, resumption of play and additional plans for the NHL's return. [NHL YouTube Channel]
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning players head off the ice as they get a 4-0 shutout victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on March 5, 2020. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  7. Clearwater beach nearly at capacity during Memorial Day weekend as law enforcement limits crowds to provide for proper social distancing Saturday. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  8. New Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and his family are renting former Yankees star Derek Jeter's mansion on Davis Islands. [Times]
  9. Alex Killorn broadcasts the second episode of his "Dock Talk with Killer" show live on Instagram, from in front of Amalie Arena. [Alex Killorn/Instagram]
  10. Golden Knights center Paul Stastny (26) scores against Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second period of a February game in Las Vegas. If the season re-starts, will Las Vegas be one of the hub cities? [ISAAC BREKKEN  |  AP]
  11. Lightning rush off their bench as they start to celebrate their victory over the Calgary Flames in game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa June 7, 2004. [MCDUFFIE, DAN   |  St. Petersburg Times]
  12. Lightning fans hold up copies of the St. Petersburg Times extra edition distributed minutes after the Lightning captured the Stanley Cup June 7, 2004.  The papers are pre-printed and ready to be passed out in case of a win. Many fans gathered up multiple copies as mementos of the night. [BOYAR, STEFANIE  |  St. Petersburg Times]
  13. Health care workers wave as they watch from the parking garage of St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg as a KC-135 Stratotanker flies overhead Friday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  14. Lightning fans head up the stairs as the doors open before the Bolts take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amalie Arena on Feb. 25 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  15. Dave Andreychuk gives a hug to Vinny Lecavalier as he goes down the line greeting his former Lightning teammates as they are introduced during a celebration on Nov. 4, 2017, at Amalie Arena honoring the 2004 Stanley Cup championship team. From left is Ruslan Fedotenko, Dan Boyle, Brad Richards, Andreychuk, Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times (2017)]
  16. Lightning director of player development Stacy Roest, back left, and Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, back center, attend the Lightning's development camp in June at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon.
  17. Servers wear face masks as patrons enjoy outdoor dining while crowding Beach Dr. on Friday, May 8, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Restaurants and patrons begin to adapt to the new rules set forth by Governor Ron DeSantis during phase one of re-opening of the state of Florida. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  18. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, right, hands off boxes of Girl Scout cookies, part of a donation organized by the owners of Forbici Modern Italian. [KINSEY JENKE  |  Courtesy of the Lightning]
  19. Amalie Arena is seen Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Tampa. The National Hockey League yesterday announced that is it keeping a close eye on the coronavirus pandemic and will make an announcement around 1:00 p.m. Today.  [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]
  20. Lightning forward Yanni Gourde takes a break with his nearly-2-year-old daughter, Emma, atop the new booth he built in their breakfast nook. [MARIE-ANDREE GOURDE  |  Courtesy of the Gourde family]
  21. The NHL is considering the idea of playing games at regional sites, with Tampa among the possibilities. [URSO, CHRIS  |  Times]
  22. People working from home are dependent on both their home and cellular networks. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  23. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) leans in for a face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs during first period action at Amalie Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 in Tampa. Stamkos left the game after the second period. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  24. Air travel has been significantly affected by COVID-19 canceling flights worldwide. Tampa International Airport is seeing the effects of the reduced air travel as the normally busy airport is nearly empty on Wednesday in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]