The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Vincent Lecavalier with the first pick in the 1998 NHL Draft. He made his debut a few months later that season as an 18-year-old and has scored 374 goals and registered 846 points in 1,001 career games, all with the Lightning, since then. “Vinny” was an integral part of the Bolts’ Stanley Cup championship in 2004.
“Throughout my career I’ve had a lot of trade rumors for a lot of years so to still be part of this, especially now, this great organization with Mr. Vinik is special,” said Lecavalier. “It’s kind of a new start, a new leaf with this organization. With everything they’re doing for the community and the team, I’m happy to be playing my 1,000th game with them and the players we have now.”
“It makes me want to keep playing.”
Lecavalier played in his 1,000th game on Monday versus the Islanders. The Lightning organization will celebrate his achievement tonight before they take on the Ottawa Senators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum
Here is the infographic to commemorate the Captain’s accomplishment.
About the Author: WB Philp is a published hockey writer who has a built in disdain for Barry Melrose. He covered the Detroit sports teams for many years until he came to his senses and moved to the Sunshine State. He is a true puckhead on a mission from God (Gordie Howe) to make hockey relevant in the south. He lives in Hockey Bay USA and covers the Lightning full time. Did I mention he hates Barry Melrose?