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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.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80