Beyond The Benches

Vinny Lecavalier Says Goodbye

Los Angeles Kings forward Vincent Lecavalier announced that he would retired Tuesday after playing a total of 17 seasons in the NHL. This confirms his January  plans after he stated he wanted to spend more time with his family.

The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Lecavalier as the No. 1 pick in the 1998. He was awarded the Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal-scorer with a total of 108 points during the 2006-07 season. He scored 949 points in 1,212 regular-season games that included 421 goals.

“Hockey has provided me so much in my lifetime, but requires an incredible commitment,” Lecavalier said in a statement. “It is now time for me to devote more time to my family.”

The first 14 seasons Lecavalier spent with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he won the Stanley Cup in 2004.  The 36-year-old spent just over two seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers before he finished out his career in LA with a trade.

Lecavalier in his final season scored 10 goals and seven assists in 42 games. The Kings five playoff games against San Jose showed how his skills were a match for the Kings’ style of play.

“Hockey is the greatest team sport in the world,” Lecavalier stated. “There is nothing like sharing a locker room with your teammates and competing together day in and day out. I have made lifelong friends, and I’d like to thank them for making this an unforgettable journey.”