WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFLA) — The Tampa Bay Lightning was at the White House Monday to celebrate their back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.
It was the first time the team has been to the White House. They weren’t able to go after the first of their back-to-back championships in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also didn’t go after their 2004 win because of an NHL labor dispute.
They’re the second Tampa team to celebrate a championship at the White House in the last few years. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were invited to celebrate their 2020 victory in Super Bowl LV soon after President Joe Biden was sworn in.
The Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 in the NHL “bubble” in 2020 to secure their Stanley Cup Championship. They followed it up with a 4-1 series win against the Montreal Canadians in 2021, becoming just the seventh team ever to go back-to-back.