Dave Andreychuk was enjoying his annual guys trip at his northern Ontario cottage in late July 2001 when he got the call that would change his life — and eventually, the fortunes of the Lightning franchise. He was 38, and after a rough one-year reunion with the Sabres, he considered retiring. Andreychuk had 572 goals in 19 seasons. No Stanley Cup, but one heck of a career. His phone rang. It was his wife, Sue, who told him Lightning general manager Rick Dudley had called about bringing him to Tampa. Andreychuk was shocked."I'm like, 'What, to be a coach?'e_STnS" he joked.The Lightning was 29th in the league but had a group of promising young players, including Vinny Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis. But Dudley believed its core lacked leadership. Andreychuk had helped changed the Sabres' "country club" culture when Dudley was a rookie coach. And Dudley believed he was the missing ingredient, a veteran who could show the Lightning the way, a respected conduit between coaches and the dressing room. "He taught us how to win," Richards said. Three summers later, the Lightning won its first — and only — Stanley Cup. And it's fitting that a statue of Andreychuk hoisting hockey's holy grail is in front of Amalie Arena. Franchise founder Phil Esposito believes Tampa Bay wouldn't have won that Cup without Andreychuk, the team's captain."I don't think you do," said John Tortorella, the coach of that team."Not a chance," Dudley said. "It wouldn't have come together had it not been for David." And Andreychuk might not be getting inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto had it not been for his four-season stint in Tampa Bay. Andreychuk, who retired with 640 goals (an NHL-record 274 on the power play), says the Cup might have put him over the top in his eighth year of eligibility. "Do I get in without the Cup? I don't know.""It would have been tight," said Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman, who is on the 18-person selection committee. "But I just felt it was a travesty if he didn't get in." Andreychuk, 54, finally got his Hall of Fame call June 26. He said it didn't sink in until last month, when the Hall came to get his measurements for his ring. Andreychuk got emotional last weekend when the Cup team had a reunion in Tampa. The group had dinner at Ulele."I think that's the first time we've really had those conversations — about what they thought of me," Andreychuk said. "And what I thought of them."Former teammates, staff members and others shared their favorite Andreychuk anecdotes. At least, those fit to print.Never leave a man behindJassen Cullimore will never forget the time Andreychuk almost threw himself in front of a bus for a teammate.After an off night in Nashville, players boarded the bus for the pregame skate. Well, everyone except for backup goalie John Grahame, who had overslept. "Tortorella was one of those guys — if you're not five minutes early, you're late," said Cullimore, a defenseman with the Lightning from 1997-2004. "Dave got off to go get (Grahame). 'Torts' is starting to fume. Torts tells the bus driver to go. Dave is coming out of the hotel. There's Dave running after the bus. … He ran to make us stop. That was Dave. He'd throw himself under the bus for us."Andreychuk ran only a block or so to catch the bus. "Thank God there was a red light."AccountabilityAndreychuk came to the Lightning with instant credibility, his two decades in the league commanding respect. Young players paid attention to everything he did, including little things like instituting a $5 fine for walking on the logo on the dressing room floor. He made sure players didn't leave laundry on the floor."It's nice to look to guys like that … who have been in winning organizations, how they act, how they practice, the little details," Lecavalier said. "It's like, 'Okay, this is how you do it.'?"On Jan. 26, 2002, Andreychuk taught the team an important lesson in accountability. The Lightning had just laid a huge egg in a 6-2 loss to the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, a third straight loss in which it was collectively outscored 15-4. "When Tampa Bay's locker room door opened, there was every player, most still in full uniform, sitting silently in front of their lockers," said former Tampa Bay Times beat writer Damian Cristodero. "Even goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, who did not play that night, sat there in street clothes."I turned and immediately apologized to Andreychuk, because clearly we had interrupted a team meeting. But Andreychuk, forcefully, said, 'No, we are here for you.'"Every player was going to be accountable for that loss, he said, and every player was available to answer questions."Tough it outLongtime head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan remembers many times when Andreychuk would play hurt.That included breaking his foot during the Stanley Cup run."He'd limp his way into (the dressing room), come in a walking boot," Mulligan said. "He'd stick it in a bucket of ice for 10 minutes and put his skate on and go play while it was still numb. Lot of the guys … their minor bumps and bruises didn't hurt as much. They'd say, 'He's playing. I should be out there, too.'?" Selfless switchIt was funny, yet fitting, that Andreychuk was in the penalty box the moment that he — after 22 years — won a Stanley Cup.Andreychuk, one of the great power forwards of his era, evolved his game late in his career. In a checking role, he'd win key faceoffs, kill penalties. Andreychuk had just one goal in the Cup run but had 13 assists. He averaged 19 minutes, playing in crucial situations. "He changed himself in order to help the team," Tortorella said. "It was really selfless."Andreychuk said that being in the box at the buzzer for Game 7 of the final against the Flames was a blessing in disguise. When the door opened, he paused for a few seconds. He enjoyed watching his teammates jump over the boards and celebrate. He spotted his parents in the stands. He gave his dad the game puck.Andreychuk will have a few hundred family members, friends and former teammates (including St. Louis and Richards) at Monday's induction. He joked that it'll be kind of like hosting a wedding. Only he's giving the speech."I've got five minutes for 23 years," he said. "So it's going to be tough."Joe Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @TBTimes_JSmith.