The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They have one Stanley Cup championship in their history, in 200304. They are often referred to as the Bolts, and the nickname is used on their current third jersey. They play their home games in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. The name 'Tampa Bay' is often used to describe a geographic metropolitan area which encompasses the cities around the body of water known as Tampa Bay, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Bradenton. Unlike in the case of Green Bay, Wisconsin, there is no municipality known as 'Tampa Bay'. The 'Tampa Bay' in the names of local professional sports franchises (Lightning, Rowdies, Rays, Bucs, etc.) denotes that they represent the entire region, not just Tampa or St. Petersburg. In the late 1980s, the NHL announced that it would expand.
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