John Fontana

  • joined Oct 17, 2008
  • last login Apr 16, 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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Quick strikes and open thread

As day 8 of the men's Olympic ice hockey gets underway, here is some reading from yesterday to fill your morning.

Cooper: The target for return is vs. Nashville

As the Tampa Bay Lightning prepare to conduct minicamp in Orlando in preparation for the NHL season resumption, a quick update on Steven Stamkos' status.

Five things John Fontana loves about hockey

A few years ago, Puck Daddy ran a series about why bloggers love hockey. Raw Charge has decided to take that up asking that question of its own bloggers. Here's John Fontana's response.

USA's win over Russia at Sochi was no "Miracle"

Like the Beatles influence on music (and the singular event of appearing on Ed Sullivan in February 1964), the "miracle" of Lake Placid by Team USA is an event that is only sullied by modern comparisons.

Quick Strikes: Sochi is no Lake Placid

USA versus Russia was thrilling, but it wasn't that big... J.P. Cote's sitting for a while for a hit in Norfolk.

An outdoor game at Ray Jay? Maybe.

With Los Angeles successfully hosting an outdoor game, the idea of an outdoor game in Tampa seems a lot less far fetched, and according to a source, it's being explored.

Quick Strikes: Hockey life goes on

Hockey life hasn't stopped because of the 2014 Winter Olympiad, but it sure seems like it. Here are a few notes from in and around the sport.

Report: Possibly post-Olympic NHL expansion

The Pacific Northwest appears to be a destination for a 31st NHL team according to a report out of Seattle.

Quick Strikes: Olympic hockey dominates the news

The Olympics are the dominant story at current for the Lightning and the NHL, Here are a couple of stories from around the web for your morning reading.

Celebrating 10 years blogging the Lightning

Ten years ago today, I founded the site that'd later become Raw Charge. This post is simply marking the occasion.

A season of woe for the Crunch

Recent successes by the Tampa Bay Lightning's AHL affiliate have vanished this season as the Crunch flounder.

Lightning versus Red Wings game thread

Your last Tampa Bay Lightning game for a few weeks... Can the Bolts stop their slide before the break? Can the magic of the OV-line be found at the NHL level? We'll find out starting at 7 PM.

Wings at Bolts season series finale

Tampa Bay and Detroit close out their season series before shutting down for the Olympic break.

Injuries lead to Lightning recalling two

The Bolts give Vladislav Namestnikov the opportunity to make his NHL debut before the NHL shuts down for two weeks.

Lightning versus Maple Leafs game thread

The blue and white team takes on the white and blue team in Tampa. Remember, the HOME team wears the dark uniforms, the ROAD team wears the whites, and the blind men wear the black-and-white stripped shirts.

Tightening race; Bolts vs. Maple Leafs preview

With 25 games left in the season and three head-to-head match-ups between the Bolts and the Maple Leafs, the weight of the games becomes even heavier.

Marty is an Olympian again! Open thread

Announced to replace Steven Stamkos on the Canadian National Team at the upcoming Winter Olympics, Marty will be making his second Olympic appearance.

Steven Stamkos not cleared to resume play

The Lightning superstar bows out of participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Lightning at Minnesota Wild game thread

The Minnesota Wild hope to prevent the Tampa Bay Lightning from going .500 on this four-game road trip. We'll see which team comes out with two points. Join the conversation on our game thread.


Sunday is "Hockey Day in Tampa Bay"

Highlighting local scholastic and sled hockey, the event will run all afternoon at the Tampa Ba Times Forum

Out of the wild; Bolts at Minnesota preview

The Lightning are in the state of hockey tonight to close out a season series as well as it's current road trip. One injured player looks to get back into the lineup tonight, and that's going to bring about some changes to the game-night roster.

Helenius could be moved Tuesday

The Finnish former first round draft pick has struggled this season and fallen well out of the organization's favor.

Stamkos sets a target return date

The recovering superstar center targets his return for later in the week.

Lightning at Montreal Canadiens game thread

Another Saturday matinee, and lineup challenges with thanks to injuries. Can the Bolts piece together a win?

The show must go on - again! Bolts at Habs preview

It's been 80 days since Tampa Bay last played in Montreal. Last time, they were under the cloud of injury and upheval... Just like they are now.

2014 NHL trade deadline: Responding to speculation

It's not news that the Tampa Bay Lightning may want to add strength at the blue line before the NHL trade deadline... It is, however, a stretch to insinuate that a player who hasn't played in two seasons was the answer the Lightning were looking for.

Lightning at Ottawa Senators game thread

The 1992-93 expansion-brethren square off again, this time in Ottawa. Can Tampa Bay get back on the correct footing during their divisional trek and take two points?

Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs game thread

The four game season series between the two clubs gets underway tonight. Which blue-and-white clad team takes two-points? We'll find out starting at 7 PM.

Mid-season series premiere; Bolts at Leafs preview

Opening a four-game road trip, the Lightning face their new Atlantic Division rival Toronto for the first time this season.

Former Lightning coach Guy Boucher joins SC Bern

The process of becoming starts anew for the former Lightning head coach, who goes to Europe for his next challenge.

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