TAMPA BAY, Fla — The Tampa Bay Lightning will retire Vincent Lecavalier’s No. 4 on Saturday night when the Bolts host the Los Angeles Kings at AMALIE Arena, presented by DEX Imaging. The pre-game ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and the game will start at 7:50 p.m. Fans in attendance will receive a Lecavalier mini-locker with his Bolts jersey No. 4.
The pre-game ceremony honoring Lecavalier’s career will include NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Lightning Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik, Lightning CEO Steve Griggs, as well as former teammates and executives. The hour-long ceremony will also include the banner raising of his No. 4 jersey.
Lecavalier, becomes the second player in the history of the Lightning organization to have his jersey retired, joining Martin St. Louis, who was honored last season. He played in 1,037 games over 14 seasons with Tampa Bay, tallying 383 goals and 491 assists for 874 points. Lecavalier, drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in the 1998 NHL Draft, is the Lightning’s all-time leader for games played. The former Lightning captain also ranks second in franchise history for both assists and points, trailing only St. Louis in both categories. Lecavalier skated in 14 seasons for the Lightning, the most of any player in Tampa Bay history. On March 1, 2000, he was named captain of the Bolts, becoming the youngest captain in NHL history at the time at only 19 years and 314 days old.
Lecavalier’s impact will forever be remembered in the Tampa Bay community and he was honored by the NHL for his community service in 2008, winning both the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the NHL Foundation Player Award, in recognition of his commitment and service to charities in the Tampa Bay community. In October 2007, Lecavalier announced a $3-million commitment to build The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. It opened in 2009 and the Center was one of the largest pediatric cancer centers in Florida, occupying half of the seventh floor in the All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.