NEWS
04/24/2016 15:31 EDT | Updated 04/25/2017 01:12 EDT

Kings' Vincent Lecavalier to retire following a 17-year NHL career

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Vincent Lecavalier says he still plans to retire this summer, ending a 17-year NHL career after one last revitalizing season with the Los Angeles Kings.

Lecavalier confirmed his long-stated plans Sunday as the Kings left their training complex. Their season ended with a five-game loss to the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the post-season.

Lecavalier accumulated 949 points and won the Stanley Cup during a career that began with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who made him the No. 1 pick in the 1998 draft. He helped the Lightning to the 2004 title, and he won the Richard Trophy in 2007 as the NHL's top goal-scorer.

He signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2013, but struggled mightily with his new team. The Kings acquired him in January.

The Associated Press