The USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks on Thursday announced the addition of former NHL goaltender Manny Legace to their staff, working as a goaltending coach.
The 11-year NHL veteran also does coaching for the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, primary affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Falcons goaltender Curtis McElhinney is off to a great start there and was recently named the AHL’s player of the week after posting shutouts against the Connecticut Whale and Norfolk Admirals. His four shutouts so far this season put him just one off the franchise record of five in a season, a record set by Legace during the 1995-96 season. Legace last played professionally for the Falcons last season and posted a 14-18-1 record with a 2.17 goals against average. In 365 NHL contests, he had 187 wins and a 2.41 GAA.
The former St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings (with whom he won a Stanley Cup in 2002) netminder joins a coaching staff that also features head coach Jim McKenzie, who appeared in NHL contests for nine different teams and amassed over 1700 penalty minutes.
The Lumberjacks are currently second in the Eastern Conference with a record. The bulk of goaltending duties have fallen to Swedish import Kevin Lindskoug, who is 8-4-3 with a 2.29 GAA. This is only the franchise’s third season in the USHL, and five players with ties to the team were selected in the 2012 draft. The team plays at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, former home to two incarnations of the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the IHL and the Muskegon Fury in the UHL and IHL.