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Video: Lightning, fans pay tribute to Lecavalier

Nov 27, 2013, 8:28 PM EST

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.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Well deserved, class act

  2. lightning69 - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Vinny was home last night and handled everything with class as always. Even the high stick on St Louis. Hated that the Bolts let down Lindback in the last 2 min. But if Philly had to score, great that it was a classic V4.0 one timer. Treat him well at home Philly. This guy is one of the great ones. Hope he can some how come back and retire as a Lightning player.

  3. tampabayirish - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    The Lightning did a real nice job in the tribute to Vinny. During the first extended TV timeout in the 1st period they showed video of Vinny’s exploits as a player. In the 2nd extended TV timeout they showed a video of Vinny’s substantial ($3 million) philanthropic efforts in support of the pediatric cancer center at All Children’s Hospital. How many other athletes give away $3 million dollars? You will always be a Favorite Son in Tampa Bay.

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