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How Many Canadian Players on Tampa Bay Lightning?

By / 22 May 2023 03:43 AM

Canadian player Perry (#10) celebrating with Maroon after winning the game 5 of Round one over the Maple Leafs on 28 April, 2023
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How many Canadian Players on Tampa Bay Lightning? Tampa Bay Lightning has 11 Canadian players in their 2023 roster. They are Brian Elliot, Haydn Fleury, Darren Raddysh, and Tanner Jeannot.

Other Canadian players from the team are:

  • Brandon Hagel
  • Allex Killorn
  • Nicholas Paul
  • Corey Perry
  • Anthony Cirelli
  • Brayden Point
  • Steven Stamkos

The Lightning has hired 30 Canadian Goalies till now since its establishment. Wendell Young was the first goaltender who was a Canadian.

Some of the Canadian goalies from the team were:

  • Kevin Weekes
  • Dustin Tokarski
  • Mike Smith
  • Dwayne Roloson
  • Daren Puppa

More than 230 Canadian skaters have played for the franchise since 1992. The Lightning have won the Stanley Cup Champions in 2004, 2020, and 2021.

Tampa Bay has been home to many talented Canadian players. The captain of the Lightning, Steven Stamkos, is one of the NHL's most prolific scorers and is playing for the team since he was drafted first overall in 2008.

Other Canadians who contributed to making the team one of the NHL's top teams for a few seasons are, Braydon Coburn, Loius Domingue, and Tyler Johnson.

Tampa Bay Lightning may not be the team with most Canadians, it had one of the bests in the league.

Tampa Bay Lightning Roster With Pictures 2023

Tampa Bay Lightning roster comprises Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, Ian Cole, Anthony Cirelli, and more. There are 23 players in the team from Canada, France, Slovakia, Sweden, Russia, and the USA. 

Celebration of team Lightning after winning the first game over the Maple Leafs with 7-3 on 19th April.
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Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie

Tampa Bay Lightning goalies are Andrei Vasilevskiy and Brian Elliot. Vasilevskiy is considered one of the best goaltenders, with a single-season record for most saves with 1,908.

  • Brian Elliott (#1): Canada
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy (#88): Russia

Emergency Goalie

Emergency Goalies are immediately called if the home or visiting teams do not have two goaltenders to start the game. Some of Lightning's emergency goalies in recent years are listed below.

Nick Sullivan never got a chance to get on the rink in Lightning's home games but was kept as a Goalie in crisis in 2020. Similarly, In 2021, a 23-year-old, Kyle Konin, was called by the manager, BrisBois, of the Lightning to become a goalie for visiting team St. Blues.

  • Nick Sullivan
  • Kyle Konin

Tampa Bay Lightning Defenseman

Tampa Bay Lightning Defenseman includes Zach Bogosian, Haydn Fleury, Zach Bogosian, and many more. Five-time James Norris Memorial Trophy finalist Victo Hedman is also on the list.

Left Defenseman

  • Ian Cole (#28): USA
  • Haydn Fleury (#7): Canada
  • Victor Hedman (#77): Sweden
  • Mikhail Sergachev (#98): Russia

Right Defenseman

  • Zach Bogosian (#24): USA
  • Erik Cernak (#81): Slovakia
  • Nick Perbix (#48): USA
  • Darren Raddysh (#43): Canada

Tampa Bay Lightning Wing

Tampa Bay Lightning Wing are Nicholas Paul, Alex Killorn, Brandon Hagel, and more. The list includes Nikita Kucherov, who scored the most points from the team with 30 goals and 83 assists.

Left Wing

  • Pierre Edouard Bellemare (#41): France
  • Brandon Hagel (#38): Canada
  • Tanner Jeannot (#84): Canada 
  • Alex Killorn (#17): Canada
  • Pat Maroon (#14): USA
  • Nicholas Paul (#20): Canada

Right Wing

  • Nikita Kucherov (#86): Russia
  • Corey Perry (#10): Canada

Tampa Bay Lightning Center

Tampa Bay Lightning Center from Canada are Anthoney Cirelli, Brayden Point, and Steven Stamkos. There are 13 forward players out of which five play from the center.

  • Anthony Cirelli (#71): Canada
  • Ross Colton (#79): USA
  • Michael Eyssimont (#23): USA
  • Brayden Point (#21): CanadaRW
  • Steven Stamkos (#91): Canada

Tampa Bay Lightning Captain And Alternates

Tampa Bay Lightning Captain is Steven Stamkos (#91). Tampa Bay Lightning Alternate captains are Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn. 

Steven Stamkos

Steven lifting the Stanley Cup winning for the the defending champion Lightning over the Canadiens in 2021
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Steven Stamkos is a Canadian Professional ice hockey player who plays for the Lightning as a center and a captain. Stamkos is best known for spending his entire career with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Stamkos was drafted as the No. 1 pick by the Lightning in the 2008 NHL Entry draft. He quickly established himself as a prolific scorer in the NHL.

He has won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy. Stamkos has contributed to the team appearing in playoffs multiple times and winning the Stanly Cup in 2020.

Steven has played 1003 games till 2023 with 515 goals and 541 assists.

Victor Hedman

Victor Hedman is a professional defenseman in ice hockey. He was born on 18 December 1990 in Sweden. Hedman was drafted by the team as second overall in 2009.

He started to play for the Lightning in the 2009-10 season and has been considered one of the most dominant defensemen in the league. He was awarded with James Norris Memorial Trophy in 2018.

Hedman became an alternate captain for the team from the 2013-2014 season.

Being a defenseman, he has accumulated 652 points till 2023. He has played 974 games in his career.

Alex Killorn

Alex plays as a forward in the Tampa Bay Lightning. Killorn was selected by the Lightning 77th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. 

After playing for Harvard University in the NCAA, Killorn debuted in NHL with the Lightning in the 2012-13 season.

Killorn has been one of the consistent performers for the Lightning. Off the ice, he has hosted a charity hockey tournament, " The Kuch & Friends," to support the Steve Stamkos Foundation.

Killorn has played 805 games, in his career as of 2023, with 198 goals and 268 assists. In the recent regular season, he scored 27 goals in 82 games.

Tampa Bay Lightning Coach And General Manager

Tampa Bay Lightning coach is Jon Cooper. Tampa Bay Lightning general manager is Julien BriseBois, who is the eighth general manager in the franchise's history.

Jon Cooper had spent his entire  NHL head coaching career with the Lightning. The first head coach of the team was Terry Crisp, who guided the team from 1992-98.

John Tortorella is the only American to head coach the team till now. He was the first head coach for the Lightning to win the Prince of Wales Trophy. During his time, the team won their first-ever Stanley Cup Championship in 2004.

Tortorella had a win rate of 53.5% in the 535 games he coached. 

Jon Cooper (Head Coach)

Successful head coach of the Lightning enjoying fishing, with two fishing lines promoting annual event
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Jonathan D. Cooper is the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning since 2013. Cooper is a Canadian-American professional Ice hockey coach for TBL.

John played high school hockey and Lacrosse. He first completed his Bachelor of Business Administration and practiced law for five years.

Cooper resumed playing hockey after law school, which led him to experience coaching the first team at Lansing Catholic High School in 1999.

Cooper led the team to the regional hockey championship, which had not been reached in 25 years. Next year, he served the Capital Centre Pride as an assistant coach. This is the only time when Cooper was the subordinate coach in life. 

Following the seasons, he was the head coach of the Metro Jets, Honeybaked Midget Major AAA team, Texarkana Bandits, etc. He also coached the Green Bay Gamblers in the United States Hockey League.

During his time in coaching, he is the only coach to win a championship in all three tiers of junior hockey. He was hired by the "Tampa Bay Lightning" to coach its affiliates. 

In 2013, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced Cooper to become the head coach of the senior team. John Cooper won the Stanley Cup Championship with a two-season streak in 2020 and 2021.

Julien BriseBois (General Manager)

BriseBois is the general manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL. He also manages the Syracuse Crunch which is the team's affiliate in American Hockey League.

In 2010, the general manager of the Lightning, Steve Yzerman hired BriseBois as an assistant general manager. He began to manage the Lightning's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. 

The Lightning switched its affiliate to the Syracuse Crunch which faced continuous success under Bois' and Cooper's guidance. Finally, on September 11, 2018, Brisbois was named as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Many AHL players developed into NHL regulars under his management. Some of them are, Yanni Gourde, Radko Gudas, Tyler Johnson, and Andrei Vasilevkiy.

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