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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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(POLL) Paying College Athletes

Kirk & Dinger weighed in on whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid. Don’t forget, they are getting their education paid for, but is that enough? Consider what a big business college football is. [...]


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(AUDIO) Scott Reynolds Gives His Bucs-Niners Prediction

Scott Reynolds called up the Hooters Hotline to talk about how winning the Bills game might’ve saved Coach Schiano’s job. We also played Coach Schiano’s clip from the Booger & Rich interview saying that “he’s [...]


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Dinger’s Take: Bruins-Penguins Playback

What happened Saturday night between Pittsburgh and Boston could have been avoided. The sequence of events snowballed and gave hockey a black eye, no pun intended. The fighting debate has bubbled up again, both sides [...]


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(POLL) Crazy Sports Parents

We’ll give our take on the why’s and how’s of crazy little league parents. But now we want to hear from you!

98.7 The Fan–12/04/2013

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(POLL) Bucs Defeat the Lions – Hope They Keep on Winning?

We’re giddy over the Bucs win, but it begs the question:

98.7 The Fan–11/25/2013

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(POLL) Would You Rather…Brooks, Lynch, Dungy?

We’d love to see all three of these former Buccaneers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame!

98.7 The Fan–11/22/2013

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Dinger’s Take: St. Louis’ 1000 Games

Marty St. Louis is about to play his 1000th game Tuesday night against Los Angeles. The same guy that got a watch from a family member for playing 100 games has come a long way. [...]

98.7 The Fan–11/19/2013

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With the reports that have come out regarding the Richie Incognito, Jonathan Martin situation in Miami–bullying, verbal abuse, text messages, getting all his teammates to get up when he sat down for lunch–it made me [...]

98.7 The Fan–11/06/2013

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(AUDIO) Scott Reynolds Gives His Bucs-Seahawks Prediction

The Bucs have a daunting task, traveling out West to take on the 7-1 Seattle Seahawks. Is their first win in their near future? Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds provides his insight every Thursday on the [...]

98.7 The Fan–10/31/2013