Originally selected by the Hartford Whalers in the eighth round (188th overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Manny Legace, 44, is entering his third season as the Monsters’ Goaltending Coach in 2017-18. A veteran of 11 NHL seasons as a goaltender with the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, and Carolina Hurricanes, Legace also logged time in the AHL, IHL, and ECHL, and in the top Russian and German professional leagues, during an 18-year professional playing career.
A Toronto, ON native, Legace helped Team Canada claim the Gold Medal at the 1993 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships, a Silver Medal at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games and aided the Red Wings in capturing the Stanley Cup in 2002. A 2008 NHL and 1996 AHL All-Star, Legace earned the 1995-96 Baz Bastien Award as the AHL’s Top Goaltender and the AHL’s Harry Holmes Memorial Award the same year, as part of the league’s top goaltending duo. During his junior career, Legace was named an OHL All-Star in 1993 and took home OHL Goaltender of the Year honors while competing for the Niagara Falls Thunder. Since 2012, Legace has operated the Legace Hockey Academy, based in Southeast Michigan.