TAMPA – The Tampa Bay Lightning retired Vincent Lecavalier’s No. 4 jersey before Saturday night’s 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, a fitting honor for the face of the franchise in their 25-year history.
When he was selected by the Lightning first overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, he was dubbed the “Michael Jordan of hockey” by then team owner, Art Williams.
It was an over-the-top endorsement that added unnecessary pressure on the shoulders of an 18-year old center who was joining a franchise that had won 17 games in the 1997-98 season and had made the playoffs just once in what was ...
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