USHL's Lumberjacks hire Legace as goalie coach

Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 9:21 AM

The Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League on Wednesday named former NHL goalie Manny Legace as the team's goaltending coach.

Legace, whose career spanned 11 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings and Carolina Hurricanes, won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2001-02. Legace spent six seasons with the Red Wings.

"I have only been here [in Muskegon] for a few days and from the first moment I stepped into the building, I was blown away by the facilities they had to offer," Legace told the Lumberjacks' website. "The Mervis family [Lou and Josh Mervis] runs a first-class, professional organization that caters to the needs of the team and fans of the Muskegon Lumberjacks."

Legace will split time between Muskegon and the American Hockey League affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Springfield Falcons, where he also serves as a goaltender coach.

"Manny Legace is a great addition to the Muskegon Lumberjacks organization. His wealth of knowledge and experience playing the game of hockey will be a valuable asset to the team," Muskegon owner Josh Mervis said. "The hiring of Manny Legace shows that the Lumberjacks are committed to hiring quality people to teach our players how to be successful young men in college, their professional careers, and life overall."

Muskegon sits second in the Eastern Conference with 21 points. The team outscored the opposition, 46-37, through 15 games this season. Starting goalie Kevin Lindskoug is 8-4-3 with a 2.29 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in 13 games. Backup goalie Jordan Uhelski is 1-0-0 with a 1.89 GAA and .920 save percentage in his only appearance.

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