The 2018-19 season was nothing short of historic for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they tied the NHL record for regular season wins with 62. The excitement of winning the Presidents’ Trophy carried over into the first round of the playoffs, as fans were thrilled to continue cheering on their favorite team.
As the first two games of the 2019 playoff season were wrapping up in Tampa, the Ryan Callahan Foundation was hard at work planning a Lightning game watch party for our friends at the Children’s Cancer Center. On April 14, during the Lightning’s first away game of round one, the party kicked off one hour prior to the puck dropping. Children and families from the Children’s Cancer Center were invited to enjoy games, music, street hockey, and a buffet dinner of cheeseburger sliders, mac and cheese, and more. Once the puck dropped, families were able to cheer on Ryan and teammates on two large screens outdoors. Although the game didn’t end the way everyone hoped, the watch party gave our families a chance to unwind, connect with each other, and enjoy the excitement of playoff hockey.