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The Stanley Cup has arrived in Tampa Bay: photos, tweets

Lightning players and staff return champions after two months in the NHL bubble.
Tampa Bay Lightning team captain Steven Stamkos lifts the Stanley Cup as Victor Hedman, right, carries the Conn Smythe Trophy after the team arrived Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Tampa.
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Tampa Bay Lightning team captain Steven Stamkos lifts the Stanley Cup as Victor Hedman, right, carries the Conn Smythe Trophy after the team arrived Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Sep. 29, 2020
Updated Sep. 29, 2020

After two months in bubbles, the Tampa Bay Lightning, along with the Stanley Cup and its keeper, Philip Pritchard, have touched down in Tampa.

Last night the team celebrated with cigars and drinks. Today, they flew into Tampa International Airport, where they were greeted by team owner Jeff Vinik and their families.

The team arrived at Amalie Arena for a special VIP celebration. They came from the airport in open-air trolley cars along Bayshore Boulevard.

The party continues Wednesday with a boat parade followed by an event at Raymond James Stadium. Tickets for the celebration at RayJay have already been snatched up.

Amalie Arena is ready to celebrate.

Tampa mayor Jane Castor takes her turn hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Cup handler Philip Pritchard is happy to arrive in Florida.

Lightning forward Alex Killorn gets some quality time in with the Cup before landing in Tampa.

Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is asking the same question we did.

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