Legwand in April 2016
August 17, 1980 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)|
|Played for||EHC Basel
Detroit Red Wings
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||2nd overall, 1998
David A. Legwand (born August 17, 1980) is an American former professional ice hockey forward who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators. He was the first player ever drafted by the Nashville Predators.
Legwand attended Grosse Pointe North High School. He played his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. In the season before he was drafted, he scored 54 goals along with 51 assists, totaling 105 points. He also won the Red Tilson Award as the most outstanding player in the league. This raised his profile to the NHL scouts and led to him being drafted 2nd overall by the Nashville Predators in 1998, behind NHL All-Star Vincent Lecavalier. He was briefly called up late in the team's inaugural season, making his debut in the final game of the season, and spent most of his NHL career with the Predators. He currently holds many franchise record for the Predators, including most games played, goals, assists, and points.
After several first round playoff exits, Legwand and the Predators advanced to the second round for the first time in franchise history and his career in 2011. The Predators were defeated by the eventual Western Conference Champions Vancouver Canucks in six games.
On March 5, 2014, in the final year of his contract with the Predators and out of playoff contention, Legwand was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Patrick Eaves, Calle Järnkrok, and a conditional 2014 draft pick, ending his 15-year career in Nashville. He left Nashville as the franchise's all-time leader in all offensive categories and games played, with 956 appearances. As a result of the trade Legwand gained the uncommon distinction of playing 83 games in the normally 82 game NHL season.
On July 4, 2014, Legwand signed a two-year, $6 million free agent contract with the Ottawa Senators. The move came after the Senators traded star center Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars. In his only season in Ottawa in 2014-15 season, Legwand added a veteran presence in helping return the Senators to the playoffs, however suffered a decline in production with 9 goals and 27 points in 80 games.
Legwand announced his retirement from professional hockey on December 22, 2016.
In January 2015, Legwand, along with former NHL player Derian Hatcher, entered an agreement to purchase the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The transfer of ownership was approved by the OHL Board of Governors and completed on March 4, 2015.
Records and milestones
- Nashville Predators record for most games played (956)
- Nashville Predators record for most goals scored (210)
- Nashville Predators record for most assists (356)
- Nashville Predators record for most points (566)
Regular season and playoffs
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||21||4||7||11||31||5||0||0||0||0|
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- "Senators sign F Legwand to two-year contract". The Sports Network. 2014-07-04. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
- "Sabres trade for Lehner, Legwand from Senators". Buffalo Sabres. 2014-06-26. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- "David Legwand retires after 16 NHL seasons". NHLPA. 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
- "Nashville: the scene of the 'Legwand hat trick'". Ottawa Citizen. 2014-10-07. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
- "Returning to Detroit makes trade easier for Legwand". NHL. 2014-05-04. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
- "Sarnia Sting sold to new owners". theobserver.ca. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
- "Legwand and Hatcher, New Owners of Sarnia Sting". LastWordOnSports.com. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database, or TSN.ca
|Awards and achievements|
|Nashville Predators first round draft pick