ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Vincent Lecavalier wanted to give back to the community that welcomed him nearly 10 years ago.
That's a big reason why the Tampa Bay Lightning star centre is committing US$3 million through his charity foundation to a new children's hospital in St. Petersburg that's currently under construction.
"Starting my 10th year in the NHL here in Tampa, the community has been so good to me and I wanted to do something to give back," Lecavalier told The Canadian Press after the announcement Tuesday.
Lecavalier hosts the families of children with cancer in his VIP suite at several Lightning home games each season.
"I got to meet a lot of the kids," said Lecavalier. "When you meet these kids and you see what they go through, the battles they go through, I wanted to help them."
The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center will occupy half of the seventh floor in the new All Children's Hospital.