TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored former captain Vincent Lecavalier as the 12th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Lecavalier, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Vinny Lecavalier Foundation.
Martin St. Louis joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik to present Vincent Lecavalier with a check for $50,000.
Lecavalier has made a huge impact in the Tampa Bay community both on and off the ice. Since being selected first overall by the Lightning at the 1998 NHL Draft, his leadership has been felt by not only his teammates, but families in desperate need. Inspired by a tireless want to give back to the Tampa Bay community, Lecavalier started his own charity in 2003, The Vinny Lecavalier Foundation, with a strong focus on supporting youth programs and serving chronically ill children and their families. He donated $3 million to All Children’s Hospital to build one of the largest pediatric cancer centers in Florida. The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center in St. Petersburg has impacted hundreds of families over the past 10 years.
The former Lightning captain and Stanley Cup Champion, Lecavalier will forever hold a special place in Bolts fans’ hearts. Lecavalier is the Lightning all-time leader for games played with 1,037, goals with 383 and power-play goals with 112. He made four NHL All-Star Game appearances while he was a Bolt and also won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s top scorer during the 2006-07 when he scored 52 goals.