Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier is officially hanging up his skates for good.
The 36-year-old NHL veteran officially confirmed on Tuesday that he’s retiring from the league this summer, per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie. The retirement was expected after Lecavalier was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings earlier last season, as his retirement was reportedly part of the condition in order for the Kings to accept the trade.
A former first overall draft pick, selected by the Lightning in 1998, Lecavalier will retire from the NHL with 17 seasons under his belt. He’ll walk away from the game with a Stanley Cup, a Rocket Richard Trophy, and just 51 points shy of hitting the 1,000 mark for his career.
In the last few years, the former offensive star had seen his production decline. In a combined 64 NHL games between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, Lecavalier – who once put up 52 goals in a single season – was only able to produce eight goals and 21 points, with 20 of those coming in the 2014-15 campaign alone. His seven games with Philadelphia prior to being dealt to the Kings in early January only yielded one assist, prompting the trade and subsequent promise to retire this summer.
Although his production did go back up during his tenure with Los Angeles (Lecavalier put up 10 goals and 17 points in 42 games following the trade), he has honored his agreement to hang up his skates for good. He’ll do so while terminating the final two years of his five year, $22.5 million deal, which was set to pay out $3 million per season in each the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.