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A second number now hangs from the rafters of Amalie Arena.
Congratulatory remarks were offered by franchise founder and former president and general manager Phil Esposito, former general manager Jay Feaster, and current owner Jeff Vinik, while Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman offered Lecavalier a custom-designed watch, hand-made by Audemars Piguet.
Lecavalier was selected first overall by Tampa Bay in 1998, served as team captain for the 2000-2001 season and between 2008 and 2013, helped the team win a Stanley Cup in 2004, and still holds franchise records for games played, goals scored, and shots.
He spent his first 14 NHL seasons with the Lightning before being bought out following the 2012-13 season – a decision Vinik addressed during the pregame ceremony.
Lecavalier ended his speech – in which he thanked the team, its fans, and his family – by exhorting the current roster to make good on being legitimate Cup contenders once again.
Lecavalier retired in 2016 following stints with Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and remains a vital part of the community. He pledged $3 million to the All Children’s Hospital in 2007 – a donation that helped fund the Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center that was later named in his honor.