Nov 27, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT
The Tampa Bay Lightning acknowledged one of the greatest players in franchise history on Wednesday, and did it in style.
Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier — who spent the first 14 years of his career with the Bolts — played his first game as an opponent in Tampa tonight, and both his former organization and its fans paid tribute:
Here’s the tribute video in full:
Bought out of his 11-year, $85 million deal in July, Lecavalier was a beloved figure in the area and known for community involvement — in 2007, he pledged $3 million to a pediatric cancer center (that bears his name) at the All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.
On the ice, he was an instrumental figure on the club’s first and only Stanley Cup-winning team and served two stints as captain, for a grand total of six seasons with the “C” on his sweater.
He also left as the Lightning’s all-time leader in games played (1,037), goals (383), power play goals (112) and game-winning goals (60).
In another classy gesture, the Lightning named Lecavalier the 12th “Lightning Community Hero” of the year during the first period and awarded his foundation a $50,000 donation.
- Gomez goes full circle by rejoining Devils on tryout basis 8
- Under Pressure: Jimmy Howard 6
- Looking to make the leap: Anthony Mantha 17
- It’s Detroit Red Wings day on PHT 24
- Under Pressure: Nathan Horton 8
- Will Johansen be the latest Overhardt holdout? 25
- It’s Columbus Blue Jackets day on PHT 16
- Shanahan tasked with ending years of collapses 9
- Looking to make the leap: Peter Holland 1
- Under Pressure: Randy Carlyle 5
- NHL-to-Vegas talks gaining steam (68)
- Report: Bruins need to make a trade (61)
- Sounds like San Jose handled stripping Thornton’s captaincy really well (43)
- Fanspeak: Mats Sundin voted greatest Maple Leaf in franchise history (43)
- Fanspeak: Lemieux (stunner!) voted greatest Penguin in franchise history (41)