TAMPA BAY -- The Florida Panthers or Tampa Bay Lightning are assured of winning the Cup this season.
The Governor's Cup, that is.
Gov. Rick Scott and the state's two NHL teams announced Thursday the creation of the trophy, which will go to team that captures the annual season series between the Atlantic Division rivals.
The team with the most points at the end of the season series will win the Cup. The first tiebreaker is goal differential.
The Governor's Cup is aimed at growing the popularity of the sport in Florida while also supporting youth hockey. Each team will make a donation to the other teams youth hockey initiatives.
"The Sunshine State is a national leader in sports, and the creation of the Governors Cup is great news for Florida hockey," Gov. Scott said. "This competition is an excellent way to highlight the opportunities that Floridians, and our visitors, have to enjoy all of the wonderful activities that our state has to offer.