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Chris Dingman

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Chris ‘Dinger’ Dingman took part in one of the most momentous sporting events ever to unfold in Tampa Bay – the Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup championship. He brings a rare hockey insider’s perspective to the mix, both as a former player and a current member of the Lightning’s television broadcast team on SunSports. But he also has a keen interest in a wide range of sports beyond the game he excelled in.

Hailing from Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, Chris has called the area home for the past 10 years after being traded to the Bolts on March 5, 2002 from the Carolina Hurricanes. Initially, he was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1994, traded in 1999 to the Colorado Avalanche, where he won his first Stanley Cup championship in 2001. Then came the trade to Tampa Bay three years later, where fans fondly knew Dinger as the Lightning’s tough left wing. He retired from the NHL in 2006 but played two more seasons in Sweden and Denmark before hanging up his skates to do analysis of Lightning games starting in 2009.

Chris by-passed higher education to play major junior hockey in the World Hockey League, starring for the Brand Wheat Kings from 1992-1996 in Manitoba. Among his honors: serving as captain of the team that won the WHL championship in 1996. Dinger is married with two boys.

Chris’ View: “I hope to bring direct knowledge from my sports background to an entertaining discussion of all sports and athletes, being an avid sports fan myself.”

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(AUDIO) Who Would You Rather See Win in the NHL Playoffs?

Would you rather see the Flyers move on in the NHL playoffs or the Rangers? This “would you rather” tests whether you’re seeking revenge because of the way Marty St. Louis departed the team or [...]

98.7 The Fan–04/19/2014

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(AUDIO) OrangeTheory Trainers Visit Kirk & Dinger

Every Tuesday, trainers from OrangeTheory visit the Kirk & Dinger Morning Show. We can’t wait for the training to begin! Next Monday, the gang will begin their intense training around the Bay area at the [...]

98.7 The Fan–03/11/2014

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(AUDIO) Darren Dreger Tells Kirk & Dinger What to Expect from Ryan Callahan

Darren Dreger, sportscaster for TSN, checked in with Kirk & Dinger this morning to give us his take on Ryan Callahan. He certainly is in the know; he’s an NHL Insider, always breaking the blockbuster [...]

98.7 The Fan–03/06/2014

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(AUDIO) Steve Yzerman on the Kirk & Dinger Morning Show Discusses the Marty Trade

Tampa Bay Lighting General Manager Steve Yzerman was very forthright on the Booger & Rich show when he said in reaction to their question, “Is this a better team?” Yzerman said, “I don’t know.” Here [...]

98.7 The Fan–03/06/2014

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Will Marty Be Traded Before The Deadline?

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis has been surrounded by controversy as of late, with trade rumors circling him. Now another twist has been added to the story. Former Lightning GM Brian Lawton (2008-2010) [...]

98.7 The Fan–03/03/2014

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Martin St. Louis Joins Kirk & Dinger

Lightning captain Marty St. Louis joins Kirk & Dinger to discuss his Olympics experience in Sochi, winning the gold medal with Team Canada, and what’s in store for the remainder of the Bolts season!

98.7 The Fan–02/26/2014

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How Accurate Are The Marty St. Louis Trade Rumors?

There are rumors of a potential trade involving the Lightning captain Marty St. Louis, in exchange for New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan. Just how legit are the “St. Louis for Callahan” trade rumors? Lightning [...]

98.7 The Fan–02/25/2014

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Chris Dingman on Olympic Hockey

Now that the dust has settled and Canada has won gold, Sweden the silver medal, and Finland the bronze, here are a few thoughts in summation of the Sochi Olympics: Canada proved that one player [...]

98.7 The Fan–02/24/2014

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Olympic Reaction: What Happened To Team USA?

After a promising start in the Olympic men’s hockey tournament, Team USA imploded losing to Canada in the semifinals 1-0. Then getting routed 5-0 by Finland in the bronze medal game. Team USA seemed destined [...]

98.7 The Fan–02/24/2014

US Sage Kotsenburg celebrates his Gold Medal at the end of the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Top 5 Moments From The Sochi Winter Olympics

Today we revealed our Top 5 moments from this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. #5 – Sage Kotsenburg wins 1st gold in Sochi #4 – Bode Miller wins bronze at age 36 #3 – [...]

98.7 The Fan–02/20/2014