Vincent Lecavalier retiring after 17 years in NHL

Ross D. Franklin

Kings' Vincent Lecavalier to retire after 17-year NHL career

Ross D. Franklin
In this Jan. 23, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Kings' Vincent Lecavalier (44) moves with the puck as Arizona Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23), of Sweden, defends and Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue (35) and Kings' Marian Gaborik (12), of the Czech Republic, watch during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Glendale, Ariz. 

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- Los Angeles Kings forward Vincent Lecavalier still plans on retiring this summer after 17 seasons in the NHL, The Associated Press reports.

The 36-year-old, who was the No. 1 draft pick in 1998, spent most of his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning, winning the Stanley Cup in 2004. He also was awarded the Maurice Richard Trophy for being the league's top goal-scorer in 2006-07.

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But things changed in 2013 when he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, where he struggled. According to the Sports Quotient, he appeared in only seven games this season and said he planned to retire before he was traded to the Kings. There, he did well, with 10 goals and seven assists.

"I always had that confidence deep down that I could still do well, so it was great," Lecavalier said.

The Kings' season ended last week with a first-round playoff loss to the San Jose Sharks.

"It was a great team, and I know they're going to win again, just by the way they act and by the leadership group and the talent they have," he said.

Lecavalier said he plans to head back to Tampa with his wife and children. 

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