Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier returned for the first time on Wednesday to the rink he called home for 14 years.

Lecavalier appeared in 1,037 career games with Tampa Bay after being selected with the first overall pick in the 1998 draft. His 383 goals are a franchise record. Tampa Bay bought out the remaining seven years of his contract in June and he signed with the Flyers days later.

After an emotion-filled night on Monday, when Marty St. Louis was recognized for his 1,000th career game, Wednesday proved to be another night filled with emotional tributes and loud ovations in appreciation for Lecavalier’s time in Tampa.

During the first television timeout Lecavalier, now a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, was welcomed back to town with a 60-second video montage highlighting many of his memorable moments in a Lightning uniform from the day he was drafted, his first career goal, lifting the Stanley Cup in 2004 and his 50th goal of the 2006-07 season.

The video tribute ended with picture of Lecavalier on the video screen with “Thanks for the Memories’’ followed by a shot of Lecavalier on the bench, which elicited a wave of appreciation out of Lecavalier and a loud ovation from the crowd.

During the second television timeout, reserved the awarding of the Community Hero, it was Lecavalier’s time once again to be honored as he was selected to receive the $50,000 award given to his charity foundation in recognition for his work with All Children’s Hospital and the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at ACH. Lecavalier was presented the check by St. Louis and Lightning owner Jeff Vinik while the spotlight was on him again during the timeout.

“It’s unreal, I don’t even know what to say, it’s just a great honor,’’ Lecavalier said when told he was being named the Community Hero. “Everybody knows how I feel about Tampa, it’s just a great community a lot of good people here. So it’s definitely a great honor and for sure I have to thank the Lightning for that.’’

Tested depth

The Lightning’s injury list is starting to look like something out of Santa’s workshop. With the addition of Ryan Malone on Wednesday, five players are on injured reserve — Steven Stamkos, Tom Pyatt, Brian Lee and Mattias Ohlund — while Radko Gudas and Pierre-Cedric Labrie are out due to injury.

There was a bit of a scare during the morning skate, as well, when G Ben Bishop took a puck off his hand and left the ice yelling expletives down the hallway to the locker room, although Cooper said there are no concerns regarding Bishop, who served as the backup to Anders Lindback against Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay recalled RW Dana Tyrell from Syracuse of the American Hockey League to help fill the void, while D Keith Aulie is expected to be activated off IR and dress as the seventh defenseman.

Gudas could return “within the next week’’ and Labrie’s status is uncertain after he “tweaked’’ something in his arm during a first-period fight on Monday, according to Cooper.

Malone may have a bone chip in his ankle after blocking a shot Friday in Anaheim.

“We are definitely getting to use (that depth) right now and we definitely have to prove and earn every game again,’’ St. Louis said. “Every team goes through injury and we are fortunate to have depth.’’