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Position Centre
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Vinny, St. Vincent
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
222 lb (101 kg)
NHL Team Tampa Bay Lightning
Nationality Canada
Born April 21 1980 (1980-04-21) (age 29),
Ile Bizard, PQ, CAN
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1998
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pro Career 1998 – present

Vincent Lecavalier (born April 21, 1980 Ile Bizard, Quebec) is a French Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.

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Playing career

Vinny Lecavalier was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, during which new Lightning owner Art Williams proclaimed that Lecavalier would be "the Michael Jordan of hockey?"[1]

On March 11, 2000, following his sophomore season, he was named captain, becoming the youngest captain in NHL history at 19 years and 11 months (since surpassed by Sidney Crosby). Previously, Steve Yzerman had held that honour, having been named captain of the Detroit Red Wings at 21 years, 5 months.[2]

Lecavalier was later stripped of the captaincy before the 2001-02 NHL season when Lightning mangagement decided he was too young even as a high calibre player. Around that time, he clashed frequently with head coach John Tortorella. Tortorella demanded more accountability from his players, and showed this by stripping Lecavalier of the team captaincy after he missed the start of 2001-02 because of contract negotiations.

After winning the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004, he was named Most Valuable Player of the Canadian National Team in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, which Canada won. Lecavalier was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2006 Olympics, but returned to Tampa without a medal.

Lecavalier broke the all-time Tampa Bay Lightning record for most points in a season by scoring his 95th point on March 16, 2007 against the Buffalo Sabres. The record was previously held by Martin St. Louis, who had 94 points during the 2003-04 NHL season.

On March 30, 2007, in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Lecavalier became the first Lightning player to record 50 goals in a season. He finished the season with 52 goals, edging Ottawa's Dany Heatley, who scored 50 goals, to earn the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal scorer for the 2006-07 season.

International play

Lecavalier has played for Canada in:

Personal life

Attended John Rennie High School in Pointe-Claire, Quebec for two years ('92-'93) before transferring to Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Saskatchewan. Has been best friends with fellow Bolts' center Brad Richards, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2004 as Most Valuable Player of the NHL Playoffs, since the age of 14, when they met at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Saskatchewan, Canada. They were roommates and became good friends. Since then they have gone on to being teammates with the Rimouski Océanic and also with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lecavalier currently resides in Tampa's Davis Islands. He played the role of hall of famer and former Montreal Canadien Jean Béliveau in the movie The Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story. In Tampa Bay, Lecavalier wears number 4 to honour Béliveau.

In October 2007, Lecavalier pledged $3 million to a new All Children's Hospital facility under construction in St. Petersburg, Florida. The facility will be named the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in his honor.

Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996-97 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 64 42 61 103 38 4 4 3 7 2
1997-98 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 58 44 71 115 117 18 15 26 41 46
1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 13 15 28 23 - - - - -
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 80 25 42 67 43 - - - - -
2000-01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 68 23 28 51 66 - - - - -
2001-02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 76 20 17 37 61 - - - - -
2002-03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 80 33 45 78 39 11 3 3 6 22
2003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 81 32 34 66 52 23 9 7 16 25
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 30 7 9 16 78 4 1 0 1 6
2005-06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 80 35 40 75 90 5 1 3 4 7
2006-07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 52 56 108 44 6 5 2 7 10
NHL Totals 629 233 277 510 418 45 18 15 33 64
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International statistics

Year Comp   GP G A P PIM
1998 WJC 7 1 1 2 4
2001 WC 7 3 2 5 29
2004 WCH 6 2 5 7 8
2006 Oly 6 0 3 3 16
Senior Int'l Totals 19 5 10 15 53

Awards

Minor leagues

NHL

International

  • 2004-05: 2004 World Cup of Hockey MVP

Footnotes

  1. Hodges, Jim (1998-11-09), Bonus Baby - hockey player Vincent Lecavalier - Brief Article, The Sporting News, <http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1208/is_1998_Nov_9/ai_53224198>. Retrieved on 2007-08-04
  2. Brian Bellows was named interim-captain at age 19 years, 4 months while Craig Hartsburg was out of the lineup with an injury.

External links

  • Vincent Lecavalier's NHL player profile
  • Vincent Lecavalier's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Tampa Bay Lightning Official Site
  • Vincent Lecavalier Official Site


Tampa Bay Lightning captains
Ysebaert | Renberg | Zamuner | Houlder | Gratton | Lecavalier | Andreychuk | Taylor
Tampa Bay Lightning first-round draft picks
HamrlikGrattonWiemerLangkowLarocqueMaraLecavalierAlexeevSvitovRogersMihalikHelenius
National Hockey League first overall draft picks

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