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Vincent Lecavalier retires after 17 NHL seasons

Vincent Lecavalier announced his retirement on Tuesday, completing a 17-year career in the NHL. The 36-year-old recorded 421 goals and 949 points in 1,212 regular-season games.

36-year-old scored 421 goals, won Stanley Cup

Vincent Lecavalier recorded 421 goals and 949 points in 1,212 regular-season NHL games. (Rocky W. Widner/Getty Images)

Vincent Lecavalier's time in the NHL has come to an end. 

The 17-year veteran announced his retirement on Tuesday with a statement released by the Los Angeles Kings.

"Hockey has provided me so much in my lifetime but requires an incredible commitment," he said. "It is now time for me to devote more time to my family."

Lecavalier, 36, was the first overall selection in the 1998 NHL draft and recorded 421 goals and 949 points in 1,212 regular-season games. He won a Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he spent his first 14 seasons before ending his career with stints in Philadelphia and L.A.

The Kings acquired the Ile Bizard, Que., native in January in exchange for Luke Schenn. Lecavalier recorded 17 points in 42 games with Los Angeles. 

He had two years remaining on his contract, worth $2.25 million US per season. 

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