ANDREYCHUK TO RE-JOIN LIGHTNING ORGANIZATION AS COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
STANLEY CUP-WINNING CAPTAIN TO BE HONORED AT DEC. 5 GAME VS. SABRES
Dave Andreychuk, the NHL's all-time power play goals leader and captain of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, will re-join the organization beginning October 1 as Community Representative, team president Ron Campbell announced today. Additionally, the organization announced it will honor Andreychuk for his contributions to the Lightning with an on-ice pre-game ceremony Dec. 5 before the team faces off against the Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m.).
In his new role, Andreychuk will serve as a team liaison with sponsors, suite holders, season ticket holders, local charities and youth hockey programs. He will represent the Lightning at charity fundraisers and speaking engagements while working to identify and develop new business opportunities.
"Speaking for everyone in the Lightning organization, I am pleased to welcome Dave back with us in his new role," said Campbell upon making the announcement. "I know our fans recognize his importance to the team, our history and our great Stanley Cup win in 2004. We believe his joining us in a new career guarantees the great bond between Dave, our fans and the organization will endure and further develop.
"Additionally, we are pleased to be able to honor Dave for his great career and the on-ice contributions he made to the success of the Lightning in his six years here. We look forward to a great night on Dec. 5 in remembering Dave, his records, the Stanley Cup and a fantastic career."
Andreychuk, who has now officially retired as a player, continues to reside in Tampa with his wife, Sue and school-age daughters Taylor, Caci and Brooke. He will continue to have a presence at Dave Andreychuk's Grille, located across the street from the St. Pete Times Forum, home of the Lightning.
"For me and my family, staying on with the Lightning represents an ideal opportunity," Andreychuk said. "Tampa Bay is a great community and I love the Lightning organization and the people here. I look forward to a new career and working for the continued betterment of the team and the community."
In his career Andreychuk appeared in 1,639 games (fourth most in NHL history) and is the NHL's all-time leader in power-play goals with 274. He ranks second all-time in the NHL among left wings in goals (640), assists (698) and points (1,338), and reached the 20-goal mark for the 19th time in 2003-04, third most in NHL history behind Gordie Howe (22) and Ron Francis (20). His 1,338 career points is tied for 23rd most in NHL history.
In 2004 he realized his dreams when he lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time after 1,597 regular season and 162 playoff games. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound native of Hamilton, Ontario recorded a goal and 13 assists in 23 games during the Lightning's Stanley Cup run, setting a franchise mark for assists by a left wing in a playoff season.
Andreychuk was signed as a free agent by the Lightning on July 13, 2001, and was named the seventh captain in team history on September 11, 2002. He became the 14th player in league history to record 600 goals on November 23, 2002 at New Jersey. In his 23 NHL seasons he has skated for Buffalo, Toronto, New Jersey, Boston, Colorado and Tampa Bay.
Originally drafted by Buffalo 16th overall in 1983, Andreychuk has recorded two 50-goal seasons, two 40-goal seasons and an additional five seasons with 30 or more goals. A two-time NHL All-Star (1990, 1994), Andreychuk set career highs with 54 goals in 1992-93 with Buffalo and Toronto and 99 points in both 1992-93 and 1993-94. Andreychuk also has skated in 162 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording 43 goals, 54 assists, 97 points and 162 penalty minutes.