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Los Angeles Kings’ Vincent LeCavalier To Retire After 17 Seasons In The NHL

Adam Davis (Icon Sportswire)

Los Angeles Kings center Vincent LeCavalier intends to retire in the summer after 17 seasons in the NHL, playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, and with the Los Angeles Kings. He initially made plans to retire at the end of the season prior to being traded to Los Angeles.

The former number 1 pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, LeCavalier has had an amazing run in the NHL, recording 949 total points in his career (421 goals, 528 assists). He was also the captain of the 2004 Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning. In addition, he was the recipient of the Maurice Richard Trophy in 2006-07, which is given to the top goal scorer in the NHL

In 2013, he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, but was not the same after he arrived, often becoming a healthy scratch and only appeared in 7 games in the 2015-16 season before being traded to Los Angeles along with Luke Schenn to provide more physicality to a Kings team that dealt with injuries to their top players. LeCavalier found success playing on the third line, scoring 17 points (10 goals, 7 assists) in hopes of winning another Stanley Cup with the Kings. Those aspirations were gone after an early first round exit by the San Jose Sharks.

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