Vincent Lecavalier News Clips Archive
May 31, 1998
Hockey News Draft preview-
If you haven't already snagged up your copy of
THN (Issue #36 on display till the beginning of June),
what are you waiting for? The annual issue has
profiles of the top 54 prospects (rated by Bob McKenzie)
which covers the first two rounds as well as a feature article on
Vincent including a color and black and white picture.
There have been rumors about Sakic going to T-Bay for the
rights to Lecavalier, but nothing so far. An important factor
in the Legwand vs. Lecavalier issue is size, and Lecavalier will
be adding some bulk this summer with the aid of a personal trainer.
The draft goes June 27, 12:45 EST in Buffalo and will be covered
by TSN, RDS and ESPN2.
May 5, 1998
Final Central Scouting Bureau Rankings-
Despite David Legwand's challenge to Vincent, he still
managed to maintain the #1 spot for North American skaters.
He admits that he had a mediocre regular season, but was hot
during the play-offs for Rimouski. The Tampa Bay Lightning,
who will likely get the #1 pick, have hinted they will choose
Lecavalier at the draft. Check out the articles below.
May 1, 1998
Rimouski swept in QMJHL finals-
In a not very close series, the Océanic were trampled
in game 4 tonight losing 9-2 to the foreurs. Val d'Or
will be headed to Spokane to play for the memorial cup,
one of the more elusive trophies because most players only
have 3 years to win it. Rimouski now has a long vacation ahead
to contemplate what went wrong and
Vincent can continue preparing himself for the draft and
healing his stress fracture.
Many now think Legwand has the upperhand on Lecavalier, but
Stats-wise, Vincent managed a pretty
good showing, despite his foot injury, which he has had to tape
up for every game. He finished the play-offs as the 2nd leading scorer
behind Dumont with 41 points, including 15 goals.
April 21, 1998
Birthday boy celebrates series win-
The océanic now have the memorial cup firmly within sight.
Last night they wrapped up their series with Québec at home,
a 5-2 win... things weren't looking all that rosy after they
dropped 2 in a row after going up 3-0, but now they will face
Val d'Or, the champs of the Lebel division. Vince has jumped
into the leading scorer spot of the Q, with 39 points... right
behind him is Jean-Pierre Dumont of the Remparts.
April 18, 1998
Lecavalier plays despite injury-
No kidding. Vincent has been on a tear despite his foot injury,
scoring multiple point games in the series against Québec.
Rimouski is now up on the series 3-1 after dropping a game
last night to keep the series alive. Stats-wise, Vincent now
has has 34 points, 13 of them being goals. Unfortunately, it
does not look like he will be winning any major CHL hardware
this year personally.
April 10, 1998
The Océanic to play in Dilio division finals-
Could this be the year to win it all? The past two years,
the Mem cup champions have hailed from Québec, and this
edition of the Rimouski team has a very good chance at it...
but they may have to do it without their star player, Vincent
Lecavalier. He has a stress fracture in his right foot
which caused him to miss Rimouski's last play-off game and possibly
the rest of the series. They
will face the Remparts tomorrow night, so hopefully Vince
will be able to go... he's had 23 points in his last 8 play-off
games, including 9 goals.
March 28, 1998
Rimouski wins series 4-1-
To no one's surprise, the Océanic cleaned up their 1st round
series against Halifax yesterday with a 5-4 win at home.
Vincent set up 3 goals last night, which ties him for 2nd in
play-off scoring with 13 points. Rimouski will now play a round robin
with the winners of the other series to decide the Q representative
March 21, 1998
QMJHL play-offs start for Rimouski-
The Rimouski Océanic faced off against the
Halifax mooseheads yesterday at home for their 1st round
match-up. Rimouski dominated, exclamating their superiority by
shutting out Halifax
with a score of 6-0! It was an eventful game for Vince, who
picked up a goal and an assist, as well as 3 minor penalties.
The Océanic finished as the 2nd
seed in the Dilio division and Vincent ended up with
114 points in 58 games.
March 5, 1998
Vincent chatting on ESPN sportszone-
ESPNet held a chat this morning with the consensus
#1 pick, Vincent Lecavalier. If you missed it, you
can still read the
transcript. Who knew he plays so much golf (he said he plays golf
every day in the summer!)? Oh and for those interested, Vince
does have an RC in this year's Upper Deck set (series 2). I saw
it today at a card shop, but the owner only had 2 of them, and wouldn't
sell them to me (he was building sets), so the search continues...
February 11, 1998
CHL Prospects game-
Excellent game! I haven't seen hockey that good in a long
time... personally want to thank the teams for putting on
such a great show. Of course, would've been nice if I had
been able to go too!=) But that will come. Team Cherry
won the game 4-2, which meant Vince was on the losing side playing
on Bobby Orr's team. His best chance was stopped by Phillipe Sauvé,
his team mate, as he got too close to the goal.
During a pre-game interview, Vince shared some thoughts about the draft
and the wjhc on That's Hockey. "Hopefully, we'll have another chance to
bring back the gold. It's good experience for everyone... I think it's important to
play for your country." Of course full approval from me, Canada needs to win
back the gold next year in Winnipeg! On the draft, Vince said that he's
not really thinking of it and although he likes Detroit and Colorado, doesn't
mind what team picks him. David Legwand had much the same view, only more
emphatically saying that he doesn't even care what position he's drafted!
I can only imagine that he is trying to take some pressure off.
January 30, 1998
Vince doesn't disappoint at Q all-star game-
Too bad I was at work (yech) for the 1st period, but I managed
to make it home in time to catch the 1st intermission interview
with Vincent, and the rest of the game, including this bizarre shoot
out contest with Mike Ribeiro during the 2nd intermission (leave it
to the Q to think of of weird things like that, eh!)... which Ribeiro
won by one goal btw. Of course I taped the game! What do you take me for?
Anyway, during the interview, Vince talked about the tremendous pressure
on him this year, "I take it more as motivation, I think that's what I have to do, concentrate on hockey and not the media and all that surrounds me. I still have 20 games this year and play-offs, and hopefully have a good season." Vince scored 1 goal and one assist but the Lebel
division came up on top by 2 goals. He didn't looked all that thrilled to
be there, I guess 'cuz when you're number 1, there's only one way to go, and
that's down! BTW, I also added more "Vince Bits" today...
January 10, 1998
Vincent still tops with the CSB-
The mid-season central scouting rankings just came out, and Lecavalier
still tops the list of north american prospects at #1. David Legwand
is a close 2nd, and it's expected they will duke it out to be the
#1 pick at this June's draft in Buffalo. See the article below for
January 3, 1998
Canada finishes WJHC a miserable, and I do mean MISERABLE 8th-
What a bad, horrible, frustrating, and upsetting...well, you get the idea,
tournament for our guys! I've only been watching this thing for three years, but I know
how Canada is expected to win every year. The Canadians were bounced from
the medal round by Russia on an instantaneous 2-on-one in OT with less than
a minute to go. After the disappointment against the Russians, Lecavalier said, "I think we worked
very well, we worked hard during the whole game, and losing in overtime-it's
kind of hard, but we got to keep our heads up and win the two other games we're going to play
the next few days." Unfortunately, as we all know by now, they went on
to lose against the US (grrr), and the Kazakhstanians. The Canadians finished 8th over-all.
The guys played with heart, but it just wasn't enough (yeah, enough offense). If losing
this year means winning next year in Winnipeg, I guess I'll take it. Oh, and Vince
didn't collect any more points since the last update below.
December 30, 1997
Vincent picks up 1st points in 2-0 win against Germany to put Canada
into the medal round-
With reports of scouts being a little disappointed over the play
of Lecavalier at the tournament, he responded today
with a goal and an assist. His assist came with some hard work
cycling along the boards with Matt Bradley finally jamming it in.
On Canada's 2nd goal, Lecavalier moved towards the net to get a
"garbage goal". "We got to play with our heart, battle, and I think
that's the most important thing to win this tournament," Lecavalier said
after the game. The win was far from impressive, but Canada will
have another chance tomorrow when they meet the winners of the B pool-Russia.
December 28, 1997
Canada gets on board with win against Czechs-
Canada rediscovered its scoring punch today with a 5-0 shut-out of the
Czech junior team.
"I'm just going to go out and try and shoot
more and go for the rebound and play the Canadian way," Lecavalier said, "We're playing for our country and
everything but just play like you do
back home, shoot and score. We should all do that. We can still win it all."
The Canadians will
next meet the Germans who
currently hold last place in the pool with no wins.
December 17, 1997
Vincent Lecavalier named to represent Canada at the World Junior championships-
To no one's surprise, Lecavalier
was named to the national junior team. "It's really exciting, especially playing with all the best Canadian hockey players,
they're all 19 year olds. It's going
to be exciting. We have a practice tonight...I really
look forward to working hard and doing my best," Lecavalier said.
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