Lecavalier was selected first overall by Tampa Bay in the 1998 NHL Draft coming out of the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) playing for the Rimouski Oceanic.
His first goal came halfway through the first period in the 8th game of his career against the Vancouver Canucks. Lecavalier received a short pass in front of the net and somehow swatted the puck past Garth Snow while falling for his first of many career goals.
Vinny was named captain of the Lightning twice in his career. Once in 2000, and also in 2008. Being named captain of a team is one of the biggest honors in all of hockey, and Lecavalier was able to show his passion for the game with the ‘C’.
Stanley Cup Win
Tampa Bay won their first Stanley Cup in 2004, beating the Calgary Flames in 7 games. Lecavalier would raise his first and only Stanley Cup.
After scoring 52 goals and finishing with 108 points in the 2006-07 season, Lecavalier was awarded the Maurice Richard Trophy. This is awarded to the league leader in goals every season.
Andrew Ostrosky is a writer and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reporter for Good Night, Good Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @HockeyGuyFromSL.