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Vincent Lecavalier

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Vincent Lecavalier was selected 1st overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft after a dominant junior career with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. In his two seasons with Rimouski, Lecavalier scored 86 goals and had 131 assists for 217 points in 122 games. In his rookie season, Vincent managed to score 13 goals, and 15 assists he was the second leading goal scorer and fourth in total points. In 2002-03 after three consecutive seasons of 20-plus goals Lecavalier found his way offensively scoring 34 goals and adding 44 assists for 78 points and led his Lightning to their first playoff appearance in seven years. The Lightning would end up being eliminated eventual Stanley Cup champions the New Jersey Devils. The following season, Lecavalier and the Lightning made it back to the post season. Defeating the New York Islanders, the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers, Lecavalier would find himself in the Stanley Cup Finals. After a hard fought seven game series win over the Calgary Flames the Lecavalier and the Lightning would win the franchises first ever Stanley Cup. Following the Stanley Cup win, Lecavalier was a late add to Team Canada’s 2004 World Cup entry and was a huge part in leading his country to its first World Cup title while also being named tournament MVP. Lecavalier returned to paly for Team Canada in 2006 at the Winter Olympics. Post Olympics, Lecavalier would set a franchise record 52 goals, 56 assists for 108 points and was awarded the Maurice Richard Trophy. After his 14 seasons with the Lightning the Philadelphia Flyer signed Lecavalier to a 5-year contract. After three years, Lecavalier was dealt, along with Luke Schenn, to the Los Angeles Kings. Vincent retired after the 15/16 season playing in over 1000 NHL games while scoring 1005 points.

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