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Fans travel from Slovakia to cheer for Bolts defenseman Eric Cernak.

TAMPA, Florida. (WFLA) — For most Tampa Bay Lightning fans, getting through traffic on I-275 is usually the hardest part of the game. But a couple of fans faced a lot more than just Tampa traffic to get to Game 4.

On Wednesday, two fans showed up on Thunder Alley with a sign to show how far they had traveled to get to the Stanley Cup final – thousands of miles.

“We drove 5,286 miles from Slovakia because [love the] Bolts and Eric Cernak,” the sign read.

Cernak, a defender for the Bolts, hails from Kosice, Slovakia. He was drafted to the NHL by the Los Angeles Kings in 2015 after a pro season in his hometown. In 2017, he was traded to the Lightning.

The quarterback has been instrumental for the Lightning in the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 Stanley Cup seasons and has been hard at work this year as the team aims for a three.

The Slovakian couple who showed up to support Cernak and the Bolts in Game 4 told WFLA.com that they’ve been visiting the Tampa Bay area for about a month.

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