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Lightning enjoy Buccaneers’ boat parade bonanza

The Bolts did it first, and they could tell the Bucs were enjoying themselves on the water.
 
Forward Alex Killorn celebrates the Lightning's Stanley Cup championship during a boat parade in September on the Hillsborough River in Tampa. Players and coaches said watching the Bucs' parade brought back memories of their own celebration.
Forward Alex Killorn celebrates the Lightning's Stanley Cup championship during a boat parade in September on the Hillsborough River in Tampa. Players and coaches said watching the Bucs' parade brought back memories of their own celebration. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Feb. 11, 2021|Updated Feb. 11, 2021

SUNRISE — The Lightning were the first Tampa Bay sports team to celebrate a championship with a boat parade down the Hillsborough River, and seeing the Bucs follow suit made them smile and reminisce.

The team was traveling from Nashville to Sunrise on Wednesday for its two-game series against the Panthers starting Thursday, so they followed the celebration — during which quarterback Tom Brady tossed the Lombardi Trophy across the water to tight end Cameron Brate — through social media clips and videos.

“I saw the toss, which was pretty crazy,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said, “and it looked like they were having a ton of fun. I loved seeing the clips that I saw, just because it conjured up so many great memories from when we did that.”

Yes, the Bucs were adventurous with their championship trophy, but no one took it on a jet-ski trip like Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos did with the Stanley Cup during the Lightning’s boat parade.

“Boat parades are definitely a different dynamic, but it seemed like everyone enjoyed it just as much as we did,” Killorn said. “I was just really happy for them. It seemed like they were really enjoying the moment. They’ve worked so hard to get there. And I was just happy that they’re enjoying it.”

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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