Former Lightning Captain Dave Andreychuk Honored With Statue
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightningwill honor former captain and Stanley Cup Champion Dave Andreychuk with a statue on Ford Thunder Alley in front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Lightning will unveil the statue in a pregame ceremony at 6:15 p.m. prior to their home game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday, April 5. The pregame ceremony is scheduled to air live on CW44.
The first 5,000 fans will also receive a special, limited edition lithograph that commemorates Andreychuk's 22 NHL seasons, and his accomplishments with the Lightning.
The life-size bronze statue of Andreychuk will be located at the entrance to Ford Thunder Alley, just northeast of the intersection at Channelside Drive and Morgan Streets. The statue will depict Andreychuk hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head after the Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames in Game 7 during the 2004 finals. The Andreychuk statue will stand 9-feet tall and weigh approximately 600 pounds. It is being created by Steven Dickey, the renowned artist and sculptor that designed the Phil Esposito statue which graces the entrance to the Times Forum.
"The image of captain Dave Andreychuk hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head at center ice is one of the most iconic memories in Lightning history," Lightning chairman and governor Jeff Vinik said. "We are excited to share this moment with every fan that attends a Lightning home game by honoring Dave with this statue."
Andreychuk skated in 278 games with the Lightning over the final four seasons of his NHL career, amassing 68 goals and 129 points. He captained the Lightning to the franchise's first and only Stanley Cup Championship during the 2003-04 season. Andreychuk skated in 1,639 career NHL games, posting 640 goals and 1,338 points and he remains the NHL's record holder for most power-play goals with 274.
The Lightning's vice president of corporate and community affairs, Andreychuk works directly on ticket sales campaigns to retain current season ticket holders and assist in cultivating new accounts for the Lightning. He participates in senior staff meetings and plays a large role in the team's youth hockey outreach and Lightning University programs. Andreychuk also serves as a lead analyst on the Emmy Award winning Sun Sports broadcast crew for Lightning games.