NEW YORK – Former Richmond and current Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace was runner-up for the National Hockey League’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, who posted shutouts in his first two starts and went 2-1-0 with a goals-against average of 0.67 and a save percentage of .979 in three games, won the award while Legace (3-0-0, 2.33 GAA), Dominik Hasek of the Ottawa Senators (2-0-0, 0.96 GAA) and Jose Theodore of the Montreal Canadians (3-0-0, 2.64 GAA) shared runner-up honors.
The 32-year-old Legace became the fifth ECHL alumnus to hoist the Stanley Cup as a member of the Red Wings in 2002.
There have been 260 players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including Derek Boogaard, Raitis Ivanans, George Parros and Mark Streit, who all made their NHL debut this past week.
The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the NHL and there is one head coach, 12 assistant coaches, 12 referees and five linesmen working in the NHL in 2005-06 who have ECHL experience.