David A. Legwand (born August 17, 1980) is an American former professional ice hockey forward who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres. He was the first player ever drafted by the Predators, with whom he spent most of his career.
Legwand with the Buffalo Sabres in 2016
August 17, 1980|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
|National team||United States|
2nd overall, 1998|
Legwand attended Grosse Pointe North High School. As a youth, he played in the 1993 and 1994 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with the Detroit Little Caesars minor ice hockey team.
He played his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. In the season before he was drafted, he scored 54 goals along with 51 assists, totaling 105 points. He also won the Red Tilson Award as the most outstanding player in the league.
Legwand was drafted 2nd overall by the Nashville Predators in 1998 NHL Entry Draft, behind Vincent Lecavalier. He was briefly called up late in the team's inaugural season, making his debut in the final game of the season, and spent most of his NHL career with the Predators. He currently holds many franchise records for the Predators, including most games played, goals, assists, and points.
After several first round playoff exits, Legwand and the Predators advanced to the second round for the first time in franchise history and his career in 2011. The Predators were defeated by the eventual Western Conference Champions Vancouver Canucks in six games.
On March 5, 2014, in the final year of his contract with the Predators and out of playoff contention, Legwand was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Patrick Eaves, Calle Järnkrok, and a conditional 2014 draft pick, ending his 15-year career in Nashville. He left Nashville as the franchise's all-time leader in all offensive categories and games played, with 956 appearances. As a result of the trade Legwand gained the uncommon distinction of playing 83 games in the normally 82 game NHL season.
On July 4, 2014, Legwand signed a two-year, $6 million free agent contract with the Ottawa Senators. The move came after the Senators traded star center Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars. In his only season in Ottawa in 2014-15 season, Legwand added a veteran presence in helping return the Senators to the playoffs, however suffered a decline in production with 9 goals and 27 points in 80 games.
Legwand announced his retirement from professional hockey on December 22, 2016.
In January 2015, Legwand, along with former NHL player Derian Hatcher, entered an agreement to purchase the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The transfer of ownership was approved by the OHL Board of Governors and completed on March 4, 2015.
Records and milestonesEdit
- Nashville Predators record for most games played (956)
- Nashville Predators record for most goals scored (210)
- Nashville Predators record for most assists (356)
- Nashville Predators record for most points (566)
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||21||4||7||11||31||5||0||0||0||0|
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
- "David Legwand player statistics". hockeydb.com. April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "Predators Rally and Finish Rangers on Penalty Shot". NY Times. December 23, 2000. Retrieved February 24, 2001.
- "Red Wings acquire forward David Legwand from Nashville". National Hockey League. March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
- "Senators sign F Legwand to two-year contract". The Sports Network. July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
- "Sabres trade for Lehner, Legwand from Senators". Buffalo Sabres. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
- "David Legwand retires after 16 NHL seasons". NHLPA. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
- "Nashville: the scene of the 'Legwand hat trick'". Ottawa Citizen. October 7, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
- "Returning to Detroit makes trade easier for Legwand". NHL. May 4, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
- "Sarnia Sting sold to new owners". theobserver.ca. January 22, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
- "Legwand and Hatcher, New Owners of Sarnia Sting". LastWordOnSports.com. March 4, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database, or TSN.ca
|Awards and achievements|
| Nashville Predators first round draft pick