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Manny Legace
Manny Legace
Goaltender
(LEH guh see)
Number: 34
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 200
Catches: Left
Born: Feb 4, 1973
Birthplace: Toronto, ON, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on August 9, 1999.
Drafted: HFD / 1993 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 8th (188th overall)
Born in Toronto, Manny Legace played Junior C with the Alliston Hornets then competed in the MTHL with the Vaughan Raiders and Thornhill T-Birds. The talented backstopper then enjoyed three excellent seasons with the Niagara Falls Thunder of the OHL. His best year was 1992-93 when he won 22 games for the Thunder, was named to the league's First All-Star Team and was drafted 188th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1993 NHL entry draft. That year he also led Canada to the gold medal at the World Junior Championships and was named to the Tournament All-Star Team.

After spending the 1993-94 season with the Canadian national team, Legace went on to play several years in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons. His finest performance came in 1995-96 when he led the league with five shutouts and a 2.27 goals against average. He also won the Baz Bastien Memorial trophy as the top goalie in the AHL and was voted on to the league's First All-Star Team. In June, 1997, Legace's rights were transferred to the Carolina Hurricanes when the Hartford franchise relocated. After another year in the minors with the IHL's Las Vegas Thunder, Legace was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.

Legace played 17 games for the Kings in 1998-99 and spent the rest of his time with the IHL's Long Beach Ice Dogs. In August, 1999 he signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent and won 17 games for the IHL's Manitoba Moose in 1999-00. He also went 4-0-0 in brief recall to Motown which put him in a good light with management when the back up position to Chris Osgood opened up the next year. Playing with confidence behind the Wings' steady defensive system, Legace posted two shutouts, a 2.05 goals against average, and a 24-5-5 record.

After the Wings acquired Dominik Hasek in the summer of 2001, Legace and the rest of the team felt strong about the team's chances at capturing yet another Stanley Cup. With Hasek under contract, the Wings further helped their chances when then signed snipers Luc Robitaille and Brett Hull. All the ingrediences were in place and the Wings went on to eliminate Legace's old team, the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup finals.

Capturing his first Stanley Cup in 2002, Legace and his teammates looked to ride the wave of success in to the 2002-03 season. However, with the loss of Dominik Hasek to retirement and captain Steve Yzerman recovering from knee surgery, the team made a move and signed free agent netminder Curtis Joseph in the off season.

Even with the signings of Hasek and Joseph, Legace continued to be one of the top back up goaltenders in the league, and had only two losing seasons in nine years of professional hockey. In 2003-04, Legace took over the number one job in Detroit after the injuries limited Dominik Hasek to 14 games and Curtis Joseph to 31. In his first full season as the number one guy, Legace finished the year with a 23-10-5 record.

The following season Legace would start 51 games with the Red Wings, however the club was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the third year in a row.

During the off-season, Legace was not offered a contract from the Red Wings and as a result signed as a free agent with the St.Louis Blues.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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