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Frank Pastor - Assistant Sports Editor

Assistant Sports Editor

I was spoiled by sports from a young age, growing up in Pittsburgh at a time when the Steelers were winning four Super Bowls in six years and the World Series champion Pirates were a "Family." I'm also a voracious reader. There was a time I subscribed to four different sports magazines (my brother got a fifth) and a daily newspaper and read them all cover to cover. My love of sports and journalism came together at Notre Dame, where the Irish won the national championship during my sophomore year and my major was, essentially, covering sports for the student paper. Drawn by its reputation as a writer's paper, I've spent the past 20 years at the Tampa Bay Times, working as a reporter, editor and digital editor — and reading some of my favorite writers. I arrived in time for the "Hit Show" and was fortunate to experience the Bucs' two Super Bowl victories, the Lightning's two Stanley Cups and the Rays' magical 2008, '11 and '20 seasons. Almost as fun as watching the games themselves? Reading and writing about them.

  1. The Lightning traded into the fourth round of the NHL draft to select Dylan Duke.
  2. Gemel Smith (46) battles for space in front of the crease during a game against the Florida Panthers in February at Amalie Arena.
  3. Lightning left wing Ross Colton celebrates his goal, the first of the game, after beating Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during the second period.
  4. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) holds the Stanley Cup while celebrating the Lightning’s 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Tampa.
  5. Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson (44)  checks Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) into the boards during the first period of Game 4.
  6. Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson (17) shoots to score the game-winning goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) in overtime NHL action in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals,  Monday, July 5, 2021 in Montreal.
  7. Lightning defenseman David Savard checks Montreal Canadiens right wing Corey Perry into the boards during the second period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
  8. Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates  with teammate Mathieu Joseph (7) against Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during second period action in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals Friday, July 2, 2021 in Montreal. (Christinne Muschi/Tampa Bay Times)
  9. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) shuts down a chance by Montreal Canadiens right wing Tyler Toffoli (73) during the third period.
  10. Tampa Bay Lightning center Blake Coleman (20) celebrates his after beating Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) to score during second period action in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 in Tampa.
  11. Brayden Point didn't score in the game, but he handed out three assists and was particularly strong in the neutral zone.
  12. Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his first goal beating Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) in the third period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena on Monday, June 28, 2021 in Tampa. Kucherov ended the night with two goals and an assist and was named the number one star of the game.
  13. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh works to clear the puck during the third period Friday at Amalie Arena.
  14. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) is mobbed by his team as they celebrate beating the New York Islanders 1-0 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals at Amalie Arena on Friday, June 25, 2021 in Tampa.
  15. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) watches Jordan Eberle's second-period goal go into the net as New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov (47) and Eberle, at right, celebrate Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum.
  16. Players scuffle during  the end of the second period between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders  in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup semifinal in Uniondale.
  17. Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) and left wing Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate right wing Alex Killorn’s (17) goal during the first period.
  18. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates scoring his second goal of the game beating New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin (30) as the Bolts go up 4-0 against the New York Islanders during the second period in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals at Amalie Arena on Monday, June 21, 2021 in Tampa.
  19. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) and defenseman David Savard (58) watch the puck and New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) cheers as Matt Martin scores in the second period.
  20. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a diving acrobatic save with New York Islanders left wing Otto Koivula (21) and New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) in front during the first period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup semifinals at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, June 19, 2021 in Uniondale.
  21. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a save against the New York Islanders in the third period of Game 3 on Thursday night.
  22. Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) celebrates with right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) and center Steven Stamkos (91) after Point scored to go up 2-1 in the second period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup semifinals at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Uniondale.
  23. Lightning center Brayden Point collides with Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov, after a cross-check from behind by defenseman Adam Pelech, during the opening period. Point was called for goaltender interference.