When Steve Griggs joined the Tampa Bay Lightning front office in 2010, the team had fallen on hard times. It had lost the magic from its 2004 Stanley Cup Championship, and season ticket membership had dwindled to 3,000.

In the past decade, the team has surged to become one of the elite NHL teams on the ice, now with 16,000 season ticket holders. That has also helped grow the popularity of the sport of hockey in Florida.

Griggs, who started as chief operating officer and became CEO in 2015, said the change started with Jeff Vinik taking over ownership in 2010 and instilling a world-class mantra.
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