Where are they now: 1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning
By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 10, 2003
This season's playoff run evokes memories of Tampa Bay's last -- and only -- postseason appearance. That team played at St. Petersburg's ThunderDome (now Tropicana Field), where crowds of 18,000-plus were the norm and the NHL's attendance record was set. On April 23, 1996, Game 4 of the Lightning-Flyers playoff series drew 28,183. The Flyers' 4-1 victory tied the series 2-2. Here is where players from that team are now.
34 MIKAEL ANDERSSON
COMMENT: Played for Philadelphia and the New York Islanders before leaving the NHL for his native Sweden. Has spent the past two seasons playing in the Swedish League. He had 95 goals and 264 points in 15 seasons with Buffalo, Hartford, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and the Islanders.
23 BRIAN BELLOWS
COMMENT: Retired and resides with his family in Minnesota, where he began his NHL career. In 17 seasons, Bellows played for the North Stars, Montreal, Tampa Bay, Anaheim and Washington. He had 485 goals and 1,022 points.
19 BRIAN BRADLEY
COMMENT: Led the Lightning in scoring for its first four seasons and remains its only 40-goal scorer. Bradley owned the team's career record with 111 goals before Vinny Lecavalier passed him March 24. Forced to retire at age 34 because of post-concussion syndrome, Bradley lives in Tampa and has a talk show on WQYK-AM 1010. In 13 seasons with Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Tampa Bay, Bradley tallied 182 goals and 503 points.
11 SHAWN BURR
COMMENT: Retired and works for a brokerage firm in Michigan. Played in the NHL for 16 seasons with Detroit, Tampa Bay and San Jose, finishing with 181 goals and 440 points.
4 CORY CROSS
COMMENT: Has played for Toronto and the New York Rangers since departing Tampa Bay. His most recent move was from the Rangers to the Oilers at the March trade deadline.
12 JOHN CULLEN
COMMENT: Led the Lightning in goals (three) and points (six) in the playoffs. Came back from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma to play in 1998-99 and now works at a family auto dealership in Atlanta. In 11 seasons with Pittsburgh, Hartford, Toronto and Tampa Bay, Cullen had 187 goals and 550 points.
22 AARON GAVEY
COMMENT: Gavey, who also can play both wings, has been with four teams since being traded to Calgary in 1997. Currently in the Maple Leafs organization.
77 CHRIS GRATTON
COMMENT: The third overall pick in the 1993 draft, Gratton has played for Tampa Bay twice. He also had stints with Philadelphia and Buffalo, which traded him to Phoenix at the March trade deadline.
44 ROMAN HAMRLIK
COMMENT: Tampa Bay's first draft pick and the first overall selection in 1992, Hamrlik was traded to Edmonton in 1997 and now is a top defenseman for the Islanders.
2 BILL HOULDER
COMMENT: Houlder had two stints with the Lightning, played for the Sharks and now is with the Predators.
85 PETR KLIMA
COMMENT: Still playing in the Czech Republic, he resides in Tampa during the offseason. Played for 13 seasons with Detroit, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. He had 313 goals and 573 points.
20 RUDY POESCHEK
COMMENT: A fan favorite for his pugnacity, he briefly spent time in the Lightning's training camp last fall. Retired after spending the 1999-2000 season with the Blues and is a mortgage broker in Tampa. Poeschek had six goals and 31 points in 12 seasons with the Rangers, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay and St. Louis.
93 DAREN PUPPA
COMMENT: In 15 seasons with Buffalo, Toronto and Tampa Bay, Puppa went 179-161-54 with a 3.03 goals-against average and 19 shutouts. He is retired and lives in Tampa.
1 JEFF REESE
COMMENT: One of only two Lightning netminders to win a playoff game, Reese is a Lightning assistant coach.
29 ALEX SELIVANOV
COMMENT: Played in Russia this season after an eight-year NHL career. Married to Phil Esposito's daughter, Carrie, Selivanov had 121 goals and 235 points for the Lightning, Edmonton and Columbus.
27 DAVID SHAW
COMMENT: In 16 seasons with Quebec, the Rangers, Edmonton, Minnesota North Stars, Boston and Tampa Bay, Shaw, a stay-at-home defenseman, had 41 goals and 194 points. Coaches Anaheim's minor-league affiliate in Cincinnati.
14 JOHN TUCKER
COMMENT: Spent 12 years in the NHL with Buffalo, Washington, the Islanders and Tampa Bay. He had 177 goals and 436 points. Is president of the Lightning's alumni group.
5 IGOR ULANOV
COMMENT: Currently with the Panthers, Ulanov also has played for Winnipeg, Washington, Chicago, Montreal and Edmonton.
24 JASON WIEMER
COMMENT: Once a Lightning top prospect, Wiemer is in his eighth NHL season and playing for Phoenix. He also played for Calgary.
15 PAUL YSEBAERT
COMMENT: Retired and owns a horse farm in Windsor, Ontario. Spent 11 seasons with New Jersey, Detroit, Winnipeg, Chicago and Tampa Bay. Had 149 goals and 336 points.
7 ROB ZAMUNER
COMMENT: Zamuner, who also has been with the Rangers and Ottawa, currently plays for Boston.
COACH TERRY CRISP
COMMENT: Television analyst for the Predators.
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-- Compiled by Steve Lee
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