Below is an article from a 1997 Hockey News. I’ve borrowed it and I don’t care. I’m a rebel. And sometimes I’m lazy. And the picture above has nothing to do with the article, except that this is Vinny posing with someone many of you wouldn’t mind posing with.
Now quit looking at the picture and read the story for gawds sakes:
Rimouski Oceanic centre Vincent Lecavalier will be the most-watched player in the Quebec League this season, but Hull Olympics’ coach Claude Julien already had a sneak preview of what fans can expect.
Lecavalier, the pre-season favourite to be the No. 1 pick at next year’s NHL entry draft, was part of the Canadian under-18 team that won the Tri-Nations tournament in the Czech Republic in August. Lecavalier scored the winning goal in Canada’s 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic in the final and finished the tournament with three goals and six points in three games.
“He was by far the best player there,” Julien said. “He was dominant. He plays hard at both ends of the ice. He has great hands and skills like Mario Lemieux. His work ethic is extraordinary. Any time you talk he’s so attentive. He listens and wants to learn and most of all he wants the puck.
“At this moment, I can’t see anyone else going first overall. You can’t go wrong picking Lecavalier.”