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Canadiens add Stanley Cup champion Vincent Lecavalier to hockey operations

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The Montreal Canadiens have hired another local legend with deep Tampa Bay Lightning ties.

Former Stanley Cup champion, captain and long-time member of the Tampa Bay Lightning Vincent Lecavalier has officially joined Montreal's front office as a special advisor to hockey operations — more specifically president Jeff Gorton and general manager Kent Hughes.

Lecavalier, an Ile-Bizard, Que., native, is a former client of Hughes, who had an impressive list of Quebec-born clientele before pivoting professionally when offered the chance to join the Canadiens earlier this season.

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 10: Vincent Lecavalier speaks during a ceremony to retire his Tampa Bay Lightning #4 prior to a game between the Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena on February 10, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
Vincent Lecavalier has joined the Canadiens' front office. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Lecavalier is also a former longtime teammate of Canadiens interim head coach Martin St. Louis.

Connected to the Canadiens in recent weeks, Lecavalier had shot down the rumour that we would join the front office on local radio, explaining that his preference was to remain in Florida. The 41-year-old Lecavalier has a family and three young children. It's unclear at this point if an arrangement will allow Lecavalier to remain in Florida on a full-time basis.

The former player retired in 2016, after 17 seasons in the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 before stops with the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings to end his career.

Montreal also announced the hiring of Nick Bobrov as co-director of amateur scouting Friday. Bobrov has deep familiarity with Gorton, having served in the New York Rangers organization from 2015-2021 as the head of European scouting.

Lecavalier and Bobrov are among a long list of hires made since Marc Bergevin's regime was dissolved after an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final last summer. In addition to Gorton, Hughes, St. Louis and now Lecavalier and Bobrov, the team also hired Sean Burke and re-made its public relations office.

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