Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates during the Stanley Cup victory rally at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park on July 12, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning players brave the rain to celebrate with fans. After the boat parade, the Stanley Cup celebrations moved to Julian B. Lane Park for what was supposed to be part two of the day of celebrations. However, the summer thunderstorms had a different idea. Before the players had a chance to come to the stage the storms came in quickly drenching everyone in their path, soaking the downtown Tampa and the crowd. That didn’t stop the players from being with their people. Once it was a little safer, the team showed up on the stage with the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smyth trophy to celebrate with the fans in the rain. What a moment for the Tampa Bay Lightning faithful and the players.

Ultimately, the rest of the festivities that were planned for the location were canceled due to the severe weather.

There are some rumblings on Twitter that say the Stanley Cup may be dented, and Tampa Bay sports reporter Dan Lucas just confirmed to anchor Jennifer Leigh on the 7p newscast that the Stanley Cup has been dented. See the tweet… The last time the Stanley Cup was dented back in 2008 during the Red Wings celebrations. At least it’s not at the bottom of the Hillsborough River!

However, keep your eyes peeled for the Stanley Cup to pop up around Tampa Bay in the next couple of weeks (probably after it is fixed). You never know where it may show up!


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