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Lecavalier wins NHL Award

Posted Jun 12, 2008 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Jun 12, 2008 at 09:00 PM

Tampa Bay’s season didn’t go so well on the ice, but it didn’t stop Vinny Lecavalier from collecting some hardware Thursday for his work off the ice.

Lecavalier was named the King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner for his work this season with All Children’s Hospital. Through his foundation, Lecavalier has guaranteed a contribution of $3 million for the new pediatric cancer wing at the hospital that will bear his name when it opens next year.

Lecavalier was awarded the trophy as part of the NHL awards show in Toronto Thursday night.

“I want to thank my teammates for recognizing my charitable efforts with the foundation,’’ Lecavalier said during his acceptance speech. “I also want to commend all the players and the people who are in hockey who devote a lot of time and money to many causes.’’

Earlier this month Lecavalier was also named the co-recipient of the recipient of the NHL Foundation Player Award along with Vancouver’s Trevor Linden.

A couple of other notes relating to the upcoming NHL Entry draft to be held Friday June 20th:

The team will be holding three draft watch parties starting at 6 p.m. to make it easy for fans throughout the Tampa Bay area to come out and cheer on the team as it lays the groundwork for an exciting 2008-09 season. Boston’s in Tampa at 9316 Anderson Road (813) 901-9590, Barnacles in Brandon at 926 Providence Road (813) 653-0959) and Courtside Grille in Clearwater/St. Petersburg at 110 Fountain Parkway North, just off Ulmerton (72) 561-7433 will be the party sites as the first round is televised live on VERSUS starting at 7 p.m.

Also, here are the draft picks the team holds heading into the draft (as of June 12):

The Lightning are scheduled to select in the following spots in Ottawa: 1st (first round), 62nd (third round), 122nd (fifth round), 152nd (sixth round), 160th (sixth round), 182nd (seventh round), 196th (seventh round), 203rd (seventh round). 

Three of the Lightning’s selections were acquired via trades. Pick #160 in the sixth round was acquired from Chicago along with Karl Stewart in the trade that sent Nikita Alexeev to the Blackhawks. Pick #196 in the seventh round was acquired from Nashville in exchange for Jan Hlavac, while pick #203 in the seventh round was acquired from Anaheim along with Brandon Segal for Jay Leach.

Tampa Bay’s selection in the second round was dealt to Florida to acquire Chris Gratton, while the Lightning’s fourth-round choice was traded to Los Angeles in exchange for goaltender Ryan Munce.


Reader Comments

Por (matt) on June 13, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hmmm, an award for leadership on and off the ice, and being named Captain of the All-Star game in the same year. Yet Tortorella thought it would be better for the Bolts to go with no Captain throughout the year. I guess he didn’t think Vinny deserved it, Good Call Torts…..

Bring on the a new coach who has a bit more respect for Vinny(best player on this team and arguably the best in the NHL).

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Por (Justin) on June 13, 2008 (Suggest removal)

You know what is just infuriating? and Hab’s fans, why? Because every single season and every single time of the year when deals are made they speculate Vinny going to Montreal. They need to quit chasing that dream. Why would someone resign elsewhere after gauranteeing 3 million to a hospital of his namesake? And how do you get that speculation when every story with Vinny’s name in it says he wants to talk a long term deal here?

Oh yeah, Way to go V4!

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Por (Katya) on June 13, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Vinny is great but please forgive me, he is not a C.  I am sorry!!

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Por (Justin) on June 13, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Katya I think he is the type of person on the ice and off the ice to be a “C” but my second choice would be Halpern even though he hasn’t been here that long.

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Por (Katya) on June 13, 2008 (Suggest removal)

My first choice is Brad Richards (but he was traded).

My second choice is Jeff Halpern (but he is out with injury until February)

My third choice?  I guess let it be Vinny, althought, still, IMHO, not to doubt the type of person he is, he is Not a C…althought, let it be.

Met Vinny many times, excellent individual: humble, giving, gentleman…I only doubt his ability to lead a team?

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Por (mary) on June 16, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think vinny has what is takes to be a good leader,and the guys in the romm respect him, I don’t see why he would be a bad choice for the C

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