From 1992 (the expansion team's first year in the league) to 2003, the franchise had just one winning season — a 38-32-12 record during the 1995-96 campaign, which ended following a six-game conference quarterfinals loss to the Flyers in the team's first-ever playoff appearance.
It was Terry Crisp, Rick Patterson, Jacques Demers and Steve Ludzik who were manning the Lightning bench during their first decade of existence, but who was the man behind the big desk in the front office during the club's first six-plus years?
Much like current GM Steve Yzerman and his legendary status in the city of Detroit and in the hockey world, the Lightning's first ever GM is a legend in Boston and a Hockey Hall of Famer.
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For every NESN televised Bruins home game this season, NESN and The Fours will be teaming up to offer B's fans the chance at winning a $50 gift card to The Four's Restaurant and Sports Bar by simply answering a trivia question found at NESN.com/thefours. Questions will be posted at noon every afternoon on the day of a Bruins home game, unless otherwise noted.