Lightning unveil Dave Andreychuk statue outside of Tampa Bay Times Forum
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning unveiled a bronze statue of former captain and Stanley Cup Champion Dave Andreychuk on Ford Thunder Alley in front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum today prior to the team's game versus the Dallas Stars.
"This is a proud day for me and my family," Andreychuk said. "The Stanley Cup Championship was the ultimate goal for me and to be immortalized outside the Times Forum is an absolute honor. I hope the statue serves as a testament to that 2004 team and all the great fans that supported us during that championship run. I would like to thank Mr. Vinik and the Lightning organization for making this possible."
"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."
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 depicts Andreychuk hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head after the Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames in Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. The Andreychuk statue stands 9-feet tall and weighs approximately 600 pounds. It was created by Steven Dickey, the renowned artist and sculptor that designed the Phil Esposito statue which graces the entrance to the Times Forum.
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.