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Carle gets Andreychuk’s “blessing” to wear No. 25 in Tampa Bay

Aug 17, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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The No. 25 hasn’t been worn in Tampa Bay since Dave Andreychuk, the captain of the Lightning’s first and only Stanley Cup winner, retired in 2006.

But this year, newly acquired defenseman Matt Carle will sport No. 25 — a decision Andreychuk’s on board with.

“We got Dave’s blessing,” Carle told Damien Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times. “That was a big thing for me.”

More, from the Times:

It has long been believed Andreychuk, who played four seasons for Tampa Bay and many believe was one of the primary catalysts for its transformation from doormat to 2004 Stanley Cup champion, would have his number retired.

Carle wore No. 25 with the Flyers, though when he was last with the Lightning, during the 2008-09 season, he wore No. 5. That number now belongs to defenseman Mattias Ohlund.

“The organization fully recognizes Dave Andreychuk’s impact as a Lightning player and as captain of the 2004 Stanley Cup champions,” team spokesman Bill Wickett wrote in an email.

“We look forward to properly saluting and celebrating him for his contributions to the franchise.”

Bolts GM Steve Yzerman heaped equal praise on Andreychuk.

“Everyone appreciates what Dave has done and is doing for the organization,” he said. “Those contributions will never be forgotten”

Andreychuk played in Tampa from 2002-06 and, in 2011, was named the Lightning’s Vice President of Fans (the ones that attend games, not the oscillating kind.)

He currently sits sixth all-time in games played with 1639, behind only Chris Chelios, Mark Recchi, Ron Francis, Mark Messier and Gordie Howe.

  1. t16rich - Aug 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Another one of those guys that almost everyone was happy for when he finally got to lift the Cup.

    • bcsteele - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Totally with you on this comment. I’m actually curiuos as to why you got even one thumbs down on this statement.

      • t16rich - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        I’ll let it slide. Probably a Flames fan who is still a little pissed off at that game 6 no goal call vs Lightning.

  2. proudliberal85392 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    t16rich, Absolutely right.

  3. boltsfan777 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    There’s always an ignorant cheap shot at Tampa Bay fan coming from somewhere. Why does someone look down upon anyone that chooses not to dedicate our off-work hours going to “all” the home games (and sitting for 3+ hrs, after driving an hour to the arena, after sitting for most of the day at work). In spite of such lousy fans, Tampa Bay was still 13th overall attendance last season ( Not bad for warm weather team in a mediocre year. We go to our share of home games, but many of us, including myself and my son, often choose to play hockey (yes, ice hockey) given the choice (unless it’s the playoffs) when we have a game or practice scheduled, probably even harder for you to believe. We even have electricity for the rink and propane for the Zamboni.

    • Mike Halford - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      Um, that was actually a joke directed at Andreychuk’s amusing job title — Vice President of Fans — and a play on the fact that a fan is both someone that attends a sporting match and something that keep you cool. That’s it.

  4. boltsfan777 - Aug 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Sorry I missed that, Mike. You’re right about the title. Something non-ambiguous like “VP of Fan Relations” might be better. In college I having a beer with a friend who was excited to get a job at the university, and I asked him exactly where he would be working. He said “In the Tax Department”, and I said “Like thumb tacks?”. He missed the humor, and I think was a little insulted.

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