John Fontana

  • joined Oct 17, 2008
  • last login Jul 14, 2014
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Managing editor of SB Nation's Tampa Bay Lightning community, Raw Charge. I've covered the Lightning online since February 2004.

Former Administrative Community Manager of FanHome.com

Yes I realize I made a typo with "teh", yes I know how to spell t-h-e.

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The Sweater Series #9: Brian Holzinger

A famous number in pro hockey history, Holzinger is a cog from days gone by that many Lightning fans would not associate with the number, let alone remember.

A championship gaffe in media history


Lamenting the Bolts loss of the Stanley Cup, the Tampa Tribune thrust itself into one of the humorous quirks that are sometimes forgotten in pro sports history.

The Sweater Series #6: Kurtis Foster


A big body, a booming slap shot, and overcoming a broken femur... Kurtis Foster may not stand out in Lightning history, but he left a mark.

Are the blueline solutions internal?


While trade talk and free agency has been common for some time among Lightning fans and bloggers, it's not out of the question for the Bolts to stand pat and promote form within.

The answer is Raw Charge on "Sports Jeopardy!"


And no, you didn't have to phrase your response in the form of a question.

A sign the sports card collecting market is dead


After spending so much time and money collecting cards over the years, there seems to be no value any more in those cards that have been collected and preserved.

2014 Lined-Up Update


Follow the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2014 off-season transactions with the Raw Charge update table. While not a complete and comprehensive transaction list, it gives you a basic idea of additions and subtractions of significance with the club.

Draft status improves with Rangers win


The Bolts win, in a way, with the Rangers win over Pittsburgh.

A change in Bolts beat reporting at the TB Times


Long-time Tampa Bay Lightning beat reporter Damian Cristodero is departing the Tampa Bay Times.

Quick strikes and open thread for Friday


The 2014 World Championships get underway in Europe and Randy Carlyle gets another chance in Toronto. Marty St. Louis isn't living up to the hype, and Larry Brooks doesn't use a calendar.

Quick strikes and open thread


A change in Philly; Vinny rumors; Ben Bishop this and that, and a few more reads from around the Internet that are worth your time this Thursday morning.

However it's spelled, Vasilevskii(y) is signed


The 2012 1st round draft pick comes to North America with high expectations.

Lightning at Montreal Canadiens game thread

On the brink. On the verge. Can Tampa Bay bring this series back to the Forum, or will they grant the Canadiens ample time to prepare for the next round?

Do or die; Lightning at Canadiens preview

In more of a op-ed column than game day preview that lists all the in's and out's facing this game, John goes after the goalie fixation that some fans may be lost on that ignores th larger failings by Tampa Bay.

Basic preview for Bolts at Habs game 4


Time, place, where to watch, other previews, all the good stuff like that.

Game 4 watch party at Brickhouse

Watching the playoffs is better with company. Though the chips may be down, here's an opportunity for fans to congregate tonight for game 4.

Stamkos comment on the Playoffs


"It's tough to get to these playoffs," Stamkos said. "We can't take that for granted. We had to put that in perspective a little bit for everyone in this room, ourselves included. We have to start acting like we're here and we're here for a reason."

Steven Stamkos, remarking on a team meeting after Friday's loss | Tampa Bay Times (paywall watch)

Lightning at Canadiens game 3 game thread

Home ice advantage was no benefit for the Lightning, who are now in Montreal in a hole. Will they start climbing out? Find out with us tonight.

Ligtning at Habs game 3 preview

Are the Bolts lost in the noise so far that goes along with the NHL playoffs? It's only going to get worse now that they are in Montreal.

Game 3: Bolts at Habs basic game-day info


Bare bones information and relevant links for tonight's game in Quebec; it'll also be part of our game day preview story as usual.

LISTEN LIVE: Clark Brooks on 1010 AM at 10:15 Saturday


It's only a couple of minutes away but catch Clark Brooks from Raw Charge live on CBS Sports Radio 1010 AM in Tampa at 10:15 AM to recount last night and the path ahead for the Bolts.

Lightning versus Canadiens game 2 game thread

The Lightning look to rebound after an overtime loss to Montreal on Wednesday. Join the conversation with us.

Beating Price; Lightning vs. Habs game 2 preview

Who is charged with beating Carey Price has been wrongly tied to goalie Anders Lindback, who has to beat the Montreal Canadiens in general.

Game night basic information


It'll also be part of our larger game-day preview but here is the standard lead in information and post-preview info for tonight's game

Lightning versus Montreal ame 1 game thread

The second season starts now. Join us for the discussion.

Minor note about Bolts / Habs


Just who is calling the shots tonight on the CNBC broadcast?

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