NEW YORK/TORONTO – Former Peoria goaltender Curtis Sanford and former Richmond goaltender Manny Legace were named runners up for the National Hockey League Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday.
Ryan Miller of Buffalo won the award after going 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.63 and a save percentage of .944. Legace was 3-0-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 1.29 for the Detroit Red Wings while Sanford was 3-1-0 with a goals-against average of 3.11 for the St. Louis Blues. Former ECHL goaltenders have won the award five times this season including Sanford on Nov. 1 and Legace on Nov. 21.
In his first professional season in 2000-01, Sanford was 15-7-4 with three shutouts, a save percentage of .925 and a league-record setting goals-against average of 1.91. The 26-year-old returned to Peoria in 2001-02 and was named the starting goaltender for the Northern Conference in the ECHL All-Star Game while going 13-8-2 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.45 and a save percentage of .906.