It was a move a couple years in the making for David Legwand.
Legwand, along with Derian Hatcher, purchased the Sarnia Sting in May of 2015. Although Hatcher took over as Head Coach shortly thereafter, Legwand was still playing in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. He would play one more year in the league with the Buffalo Sabres before officially calling it a career in December 2016. All the while slowing expanding his role with the team, helping at practice and analyzing the play from the suite-level on game nights. It wasn’t uncommon for Legwand to travel with the team for road games.
Last season was his first year removed from his NHL playing career, and although he became more involved with the team throughout the year, he hadn’t been shy about wanting to eventually move behind the bench.
That was made official Wednesday, when the Sarnia Sting announced Legwand as the team’s new Associate Coach.
Both Assistant Coachs Jeff Barratt and Brad Staubitz are expected to return this season.
Prior to being selected second overall by the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and spending 16 seasons in the NHL, Legwand played his junior hockey 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. This offensive outbreak earned him the Red Tilson Award as the most outstanding player in the league.