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Lecavalier Retires from NHL

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Center calls it a Career after 17 Seasons in League

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Vincent Lecavalier, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NHL draft, has decided to hang up his skates after a 17-year career.

Lecavalier made the announcement through a statement he released on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old spent 14 of his 17 seasons in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lecavalier helped Tampa withe Stanley Cup in 2004 and also served as captain two times during his tenure there.

His years with the Lightning were by far the best of career.

Lecavalier surpassed the 60-point plateau eight times with Tampa. His best offensive season came in 2006-07. That season, he won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer with 52 goals. He also posted career highs in assists (56) and points (108).

He would reach the 40-goal mark again the following season, tallying 40 goals and 92 points during the 2007-08 campaign. Lecavalier would also win the King Clancy Trophy that year, honoring him for his contributions to growing the game of hockey in the Tampa area.

He would help the Lightning reach the postseason five times during his career. His best offensive postseason came in 2011 when he tallied 19 points in 18 games as Tampa reached the Conference Final that season.

The Quebec native would then sign with the Philadelphia Flyers prior to the 2013-14 season. His time with the Flyers was not all that pleasant.

In his first two seasons in Philadelphia, Lecavalier totaled 28 goals and 57 points in 126 regular season games. The 2015-16 season saw the former No. 1 pick get scratched for most of the first half of the season, seeing action in only seven games.

He would then be traded to the Los Angeles Kings in January.

After he was traded to the Kings, Lecavalier announced that the 2015-16 would be the final one of his career.

He seemed to be revitalized by the move, as he tallied 10 goals and 17 points in 42 games with the Kings. He would chip in with a goal and an assist in the playoffs during Los Angeles’ first round loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Lecavalier finishes his NHL career with 421 goals, 528 assists, and 949 points in 1,212 regular season games. He also has 26 goals, 30 assists, and 56 points in 75 career playoff games.

Apart from winning the Cup with the Lightning in 2004, Lecavalier was also a part of the 2004 World Cup-winning Team Canada. He also represented Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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