NEW YORK – The National Hockey League announced that former Richmond and current Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace, who established a League record for most victories by a goaltender in October (10-1-0) and posted a 1.81 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts, has been named the NHL Defensive Player of the Month for October.
Legace edged former Wheeling Nailers and current Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun (7-1-0, 2.51 goals-against average), Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe (3 goals, 12 assists in 12 games) and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (3-12–15 in 12 games) for the award.
Legace allowed two goals or fewer in eight of 11 appearances, including his last seven consecutive starts, to help the Red Wings (11-1-0, 22 points) finish the month first in the NHL overall standings. He recorded his seventh career shutout, a 2-0 victory in Phoenix Oct. 15, and posted his eighth with a 6-0 victory in Columbus on Oct 22.
Legace eclipsed the previous mark for October victories (nine), set by Vancouver’s Kirk McLean in 1991-92 (9-2-1) and matched by Toronto’s Felix Potvin and Philadelphia’s Dominic Roussel in 1993-94 (both 9-1-0).
Playing in his seventh NHL season, the 32-year-old Toronto native started each of Detroit’s first 11 games this season, the longest such streak by a Red Wings goaltender in 40 years. In 1965-66, Roger Crozier started the first 13 games for the Red Wings.