TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that the team’s 2024 Hall of Fame Class will feature 2004 Stanley Cup champions Dave Andreychuk and Brad Richards.
What You Need To Know
- Dave Andreychuk, Brad Richards will join Tampa Bay Lightning's Hall of Fame
- Both were key figures in the team's 2004 Stanley Cup run
- Lightning Alumni Weekend is scheduled for March 8-9
The two will be inducted as part of Lightning Alumni Weekend, scheduled for March 8-9.
Andreychuk joined the Lightning as a free agent on July 13, 2001. With 1,361 NHL games under his belt, Andreychuk brought leadership to a young Bolts roster that included Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Richards.
Andreychuk played in 278 regular season games with Tampa Bay, registering 68 goals and 129 points. His high point was helping the team win the Stanley Cup in 2004, in addition to helping the team gets its first playoff series win in 2003.After he retired, Andreychuk join the Lightning’s front office, where he currently serves as vice president of corporate and community affairs. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame for his career accomplishments in 2017.
Richards was not a well-known commodity when general manager Phil Esposito called his name with the 64th overall selection of the 1998 draft. He would go on to become one of the Lightning’s first home-grown superstars.
Richards made his debut for the Bolts in the 2000-01 season and had an immediate impact. As a rookie, he led the Lightning for assists with 41 and points with 62.
He ranks in the Top 10 in Lightning history in most statistical categories, including sixth for points and assists, seventh for average points per game (0.89), eighth for goals and 10th for games played.
During the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he scored seven game-winning goals to help lead Tampa Bay to the organization’s first Cup. He also became the first player in Lightning history to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.
He won a second Stanley Cup in 2015 while with the Chicago Blackhawks, as they defeated the Lightning in five games.