Who would have thought that ice hockey would not just survive but actually thrive in sunny Florida? Though the temperatures in Central Florida rarely drop anywhere near freezing, sports fans across the region have grown devoted to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
In their short history – they were founded in 1992 – the Bolts (as they’re also called) have achieved more than their share of fame on the ice. Here are a few must-own accessories for any Tampa Bay Lightning fan.
It’s not really cold enough in Tampa Bay to wear a knit cap, so try this adjustable hat instead. No need to print the team’s name on it – that iconic logo gives your fandom away.
This mini hockey set is designed to help younger fans learn the game, but who are they kidding? I’m buying two sets of these for the office hallway.
Let your kid feel like a pro goalie in between the pipes with this authentic-looking goalie mask. Dozen of other team masks are also available – but please don’t pick the Florida Panthers one if you live in Tampa Bay. They’re our cross-state rivals!
Does it ever get cold enough inside Amalie Arena for a throw blanket? Probably not, so enjoy this keepsake at home and cuddle together to watch the Lightning road games on TV.
Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.