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Since Hamrlik’s 5½ years with Tampa Bay, the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and built a burgeoning hockey market in a nontraditional place. Looking back, he’s proud to have been one of the building blocks.

“It’s great honor,” Hamrlik said. “But it was expansion team, I was No. 1 guy, so lots of people were expecting for me lots of things. I had such good years here, four, five years. Obviously I take the pride, yeah. I’m thankful to the Lightning to choose me and give me opportunity to play here.”