TRIBUTE TO FORMER CAPTAIN, CURRENT COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR TO TAKE PLACE AS LIGHTNING FACE BUFFALO
The Tampa Bay Lightning will honor former captain Dave Andreychuk on December 5 as the team faces the Buffalo Sabres - the team Andreychuk began his career with in 1982.
Dave Andreychuk Night will feature a pre-game on-ice ceremony honoring the NHL's all-time power-play goal leader and the captain who helped bring the Stanley Cup to Hockey Bay, USA. Top moments from Andreychuk's amazing 23-year NHL career will be remembered and a tribute video will feature interviews with people who played with and coached Andreychuk throughout his career. In addition, the first 5,000 fans through the gates on December 5 will receive a Dave Andreychuk bobblehead courtesy of Chrysler/Jeep.
"The image of Dave Andreychuk lifting the Stanley Cup over his head will be forever remembered by everyone in the Tampa Bay area," Lightning President Ron Campbell said. "Dave's leadership helped bring one of the most treasured moments in all of sports to our city and nobody will ever forget the magic of that night. We honor Dave, not just for the Stanley Cup success, but for being one of the top players in NHL history."
Andreychuk was signed as a free agent by the Lightning on July 13, 2001, and was named the seventh captain in team history on September 11, 2002. In his 23 NHL seasons with Buffalo, Toronto, New Jersey, Boston, Colorado and Tampa Bay, he recorded 640 goals, 698 assists, 1,338 points and 1,125 penalty minutes in 1,639 regular season games.
In 2004 Andreychuk realized his dreams when he lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound native of Hamilton, Ontario recorded a goal and 13 assists in 23 games during the Lightning's Stanley Cup run, setting a franchise mark for assists by a left wing in a playoff season.
Andreychuk finished his career ranked second all-time in the NHL among left wings in goals and third in assists and points. His 1,639 games played rank fourth all time among all players, and his 640 goals placed him 11th all time. Andreychuk also reached the 20-goal mark for the 19th time in 2003-04, third most in NHL history behind Gordie Howe (22) and Ron Francis (20).
Originally drafted by Buffalo 16th overall in 1983, Andreychuk recorded two 50-goal seasons, two 40-goal seasons and an additional five seasons with 30 or more goals. A two-time NHL All-Star (1990, 1994), Andreychuk set career highs with 54 goals in 1992-93 with Buffalo and Toronto and 99 points in both 1992-93 and 1993-94. He recorded a career high of five goals in a game vs. Boston in 1986, and tallied four goals in a game three times and three goals in a game seven times. Andreychuk also skated in 162 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording 43 goals, 54 assists, 97 points and 162 penalty minutes.