Sonya Bryson-Kirksey performs the national anthem before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final earlier this month at Amalie Arena.
A GoFundMe account created to help the anthem singer’s family with her medical expenses is nearing its goal of $10,000.
Tampa Bay didn’t have a selection until the end of the third round, when it selected the 18-year-old right-shot defenseman.
Tampa Bay, with just one pick in the first three rounds, traded into the fourth to select Dylan Duke.
Logan Mailloux was criminally convicted in Sweden last year for sharing an explicit photo of a woman performing a sex act without her consent.


  1. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik celebrates the Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory during a boat parade earlier this month in Tampa.
  2. Sonya Bryson-Kirksey performs the national anthem before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final earlier this month at Amalie Arena.
  3. The Lightning traded into the fourth round of the NHL draft to select Dylan Duke.
  4. The Lightning made defenseman Roman Schmidt their first pick of the 2021 draft in the third round, 96th overall.
  5. A Canadiens fan flies his team's flag outside Bell Centre before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final in Montreal. The team stunned the rest of the NHL on Friday night by taking Logan Mailloux with the second-to-last pick in the first round of the draft.
  6. Gemel Smith (46) battles for space in front of the crease during a game against the Florida Panthers in February at Amalie Arena.
  7. Former Lightning forward Barkley Goodrow has signed a six-year contract with the New York Rangers.
  8. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) is mobbed by his teammates as they celebrate their victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.
  9. Sonya Bryson-Kirksey sings the national anthem before a 2019 playoff game at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  10. Lightning forward Jack Finley, back in white, battles Yanni Gourde during a training-camp scrimmage in January at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon. Tampa Bay made a deal with Montreal in the second round of last year’s draft to move up five spots to take Finley.
  11. Sonya Bryson-Kirksey poses for a portrait in May at Amalie Arena in Tampa. She is fighting for her life at a local hospital following a coronavirus diagnosis, a local television station reported late Wednesday night.
  12. Chris Dreidger, center, a goalie from the Florida Panthers, stands with ESPN NHL hockey draft hosts Dominic Moore, left, and Chris Fowler  as he is introduced Wednesday as a new player for the Seattle Kraken during the team's expansion draft event in Seattle.
  13. The Seattle Kraken chose former Lightning third-line center Yanni Gourde to be one of the franchise’s building blocks.
  14. Lightning forwards Alex Killorn, left, and Pat Maroon, right, hoist the Stanley Cup after Tampa Bay's Game 5 win over Montreal in the final earlier this month at Amalie Arena.
  15. Lightning wing Alex Killorn (17) celebrates his goal during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals in June at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  16. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price agreed to waive a clause in his contract to be exposed so Montreal could protect cheaper backup Jake Allen.
  17. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) checks Florida Panthers defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) during Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. The teams will play three times next preseason, including Oct. 5 at Amway Center in Orlando.
  18. Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop has come out as gay before his first NHL camp.
  19. Yanni Gourde is among the players Seattle will have a chance to swoop up in Wednesday's expansion draft.
  20. Pat Maroon skates with the Stanley Cup after the Lightning's title-clinching win in Game 5 at Amalie Arena on July 7.
  21. Barclay Goodrow, left, was part of the Lightning’s top penalty-kill unit and force on the gritty third line.
  22. Ryan McDonagh was arguably the top defenseman in the postseason. Will the Lightning risk leaving him unprotected for the expansion draft, thinking the Kraken won't take on his salary, or will other players like Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat, Yanni Gourde and Tyler Johnson go unprotected instead?
  23. The "Quest for the Cup" wrapped up with the Lightning winning once again, but it was the off-ice moments that made the seven-part series really resonate.