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David Leggio (born July 31, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for Grizzlys Wolfsburg in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).[1]

David Leggio
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Born (1984-07-31) July 31, 1984 (age 35)
Williamsville, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Binghamton Senators
Albany River Rats
TPS
Portland Pirates
Rochester Americans
Hershey Bears
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
EHC München
Grizzlys Wolfsburg
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

Leggio played for four years at Clarkson University, where he amassed a record of 59–29–12 with a .922 save percentage and allowed an average of 2.3 goals per game. In his college career, he had 8 shutouts.[2] At Clarkson, Leggio helped Clarkson win the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament championship in 2007 and the Eastern College Athletic Conference regular season title in 2008.

Leggio's pro career began with an amateur tryout with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL) at the end of the 2007–08 season, but for the 2008–09 season, he found himself with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, sharing goaltending duties with Anton Khudobin on the way to winning the Brabham Cup as regular-season champions.

 
Leggio with Team USA

Leggio moved to Finland in 2009–10 to play for TPS in the top Finnish league, the SM-liiga. Leggio played in 30 games in his season in Finland. He also played in 7 of TPS's playoff games, leading the league in postseason goals against average at 1.57 and helping TPS to the league title.[3]

On August 8, 2010, Leggio returned to the United States, signing as a free agent to a one-year contract with the Portland Pirates of the AHL. Three months later, the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL team with which Portland was affiliated, converted Leggio's AHL contract to an NHL two-way contract, but kept Leggio in Portland.[4] In 2010–11, he played 36 regular-season games for Portland and 9 in the postseason. Leggio was re-signed to the Sabres organization in June 2011, where he was assigned to the Rochester Americans (Buffalo changed minor-league affiliations from Portland to Rochester in 2011). Leggio saw action in 54 games for Rochester in the 2011–12 season, winning a career-high 28, but he went 0-3 in the postseason. Similarly, he saw 64 games for the Americans in the 2012–13 season, again winning a new career-high of 38, but also going 0-2 in the postseason.

On July 8, 2013, Leggio signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals organization.[5] He spent the duration of the 2013–14 season with the Capitals AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.

On July 1, 2014, Leggio continued his journeyman career in signing a one-year two-way contract with the New York Islanders.[6] During the 2014–15 season, on November 2, 2014 Leggio, at the time with the Isles' AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers, earned a degree of notoriety for strategically dislodging his goal net (literally moving the goalposts) during a two player breakaway, under the assumption that the penalty shot he would face as a result of the flagrant foul would be easier to defend than the breakaway (although, ironically, the 2-on-0 was swiftly marred by a mishandled pass during its fast-paced approach to the net). He stopped Dana Tyrell's penalty shot attempt as a penalty for dislodging the net. The league immediately passed a rule imposing a game misconduct penalty on any goaltender who attempted the move again.[7][8]

On March 2, 2015, Leggio was traded by the Islanders to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Mark Louis; he was assigned to their AHL affiliate, in a return to the Portland Pirates.[9]

As an unsigned free agent, Leggio accepted a tryout offer from the Winnipeg Jets on August 28, 2015.[10] Upon his release from the Jets, Leggio opted for a second stint in Europe, agreeing to an initial one-year contract with German club EHC München of the DEL on October 22, 2015.[11] While in Munich, Leggio pulled the same intentional dislodging of the goalposts (as the DEL has not yet outlawed the maneuver) in a game against the Fischtown Pinguins on December 9, 2017.[12][13] The DEL changed its rules immediately thereafter, automatically awarding a goal if the net is intentionally dislodged.[14]

Leggio suffered a severe concussion during a March 3, 2018 game, ending his season. He briefly considered retirement but eventually recovered with the help of doctors in his hometown. He then signed with injury-hit Grizzlys Wolfsburg early in the season.[15] Leggio collected just 12 wins through 31 games in the 2018–19 season with Wolfsburg, leaving the club as a free agent on March 8, 2019.[16]

International playEdit

Leggio respresented the United States at the 2018 Olympics.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004–05 Clarkson University ECAC 5 2 1 0 182 9 0 2.97 .908
2005–06 Clarkson University ECAC 23 11 9 3 1446 62 1 2.57 .913
2006–07 Clarkson University ECAC 37 24 7 5 2167 78 2 2.16 .930
2007–08 Clarkson University ECAC 38 22 12 4 2211 81 5 2.20 .920
2007–08 Binghamton Senators AHL 1 0 1 0 30 2 0 4.06 .778
2008–09 Florida Everblades ECHL 39 27 7 3 2284 86 4 2.26 .916 11 6 5 734 30 0 2.45 .885
2008–09 Albany River Rats AHL 1 0 1 0 60 7 0 7.00 .788
2009–10 TPS SM-l 30 12 13 3 1598 78 1 2.93 .901 7 5 2 419 11 1 1.58 .942
2010–11 Portland Pirates AHL 36 22 12 0 1993 93 3 2.80 .911 9 5 4 510 27 0 3.18 .900
2011–12 Rochester Americans AHL 54 28 24 2 3243 142 2 2.63 .917 3 0 3 175 11 0 3.76 .876
2012–13 Rochester Americans AHL 64 38 24 1 3799 162 4 2.56 .924 2 0 2 125 8 0 3.84 .830
2013–14 Hershey Bears AHL 45 23 18 3 2688 118 2 2.63 .913
2014–15 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 23 7 13 0 1267 83 1 3.93 .861
2014–15 Portland Pirates AHL 5 1 2 1 274 11 0 2.41 .908
2015–16 EHC München DEL 23 14 8 0 1369 46 4 2.02 .927 14 12 2 854 25 2 1.76 .930
2016–17 EHC München DEL 24 16 8 0 1447 57 1 2.36 .902
2017–18 EHC München DEL 25 15 10 0 1499 65 2 2.60 .914
2018–19 Grizzlys Wolfsburg DEL 31 12 17 0 1799 85 5 2.83 .906
AHL totals 229 119 95 7 13,355 618 12 2.66 .917 14 5 9 610 46 0 3.41 .887
Liiga totals 30 12 13 3 1,598 78 1 2.93 .901 7 5 2 419 11 1 1.58 .942

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2014 United States WC 6th 1 0 0 0 29 1 0 2.08 .875
Senior totals 1 0 0 0 29 1 0 2.08 .875

Awards and honorsEdit

Season Award
2006–07 NCAA (ECAC) Champion
NCAA (ECAC) Clarkson Team MVP
All-ECAC Hockey First Team
NCAA (ECAC) Goaltender of the Year
2007–08 NCAA (ECAC) Knight Club Award
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team
2008–09 ECHL Goaltender of the Month (January)
ECHL Goaltender Of The Week (01/12–01/18)
2009–10 SM-liiga Champion
2012–13 AHL Goalie of the Month (March)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Red Bulls commit to US Goalie Dave Leggio" (in German). EHC München. October 22, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Busch, Angela (September 4, 2008). "Goalie question answered?". Naples Daily News. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "American aid to Finnish championship". USA Today. AP. April 28, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  4. ^ "Sabres sign goaltender Leggio for Portland". mainehockeyjournal.com. August 8, 2010. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Caps sign Strachan, Leggio and Watkins to one-year deal". The Sports Network. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Islanders sign three to two-way deals". National Hockey League. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ Dhiren Mahiban (November 6, 2014). Report: AHL changes rule following Leggio incident. ProHockeyTalk.com. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "Video:AHL goalie Leggio intentionally dislodges net". CBS Sports. November 2, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "Coyotes acquire Leggio from Islanders". NBC Sports. March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "David Leggio to attend Jets camp on try-out". buffalohockeybeat.com. August 28, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "Red Bulls sign American goalie David Leggio" (in German). EHC München. October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ Schlager, Brandon (December 9, 2017). "David Leggio is up to his old tricks". sportingnews.com. Sporting News. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  13. ^ Leahy, Sarah (December 9, 2017). "Goaltender David Leggio knocks own net off again to avoid breakaway (Video)". nbcsports.com. NBC. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  14. ^ Leahy, Sarah (December 13, 2017). "Another league changes its rules, thanks to David Leggio". NBCsports.com. NBC. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  15. ^ "Leggio continues European career". Buffalo News. January 19, 2019. Retrieved January 19, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ "Further personnel decisions taken by Wolfsburg". Grizzlys Wolfsburg. March 8, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  17. ^ Schlager, Brandon (October 18, 2017). "A peak at Pyeongchang: USA Hockey announces roster for pre-Olympic tournament". The Sporting News. Retrieved October 18, 2017.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mark DeKanich
Ken Dryden Award
2006–07
Succeeded by
Kyle Richter