We all know the move, “The Michigan”, which is no sadly being rebranded in hockey subculture as “The Svechnikov” since he was the only NHL player able to pull off the move. This goal has also been referred to as a “lacross- style goal”, or “The Michigan Goal”.
Mike Legg pulled of this goal five months before I was born, so it has been a long time since the feat was done, and has been a hockey fable for mora than two decades. Mike pulled of this highlight busting goal on March 24th, 1996 in a game versus the University of Minnesota.
Legg never recreated the goal while playing in the NCAA as a target was placed on his head for doing the move. Basically threated not to do it again, and I don’t blame teams for not wanting to see it again.
Mike Legg has a pretty successful hockey career. He was drafted in the 11th round of the NHL draft in 1993 by the New Jersey Devils, but never played a game in the NHL. After 4 successful years at the University of Michigan he went overseas and played one season in the SM-liiga, then went on to play in the CHL, ECHL, IHL, and finished his career in 2002-2003 in the ECHL, splitting his last season between the Augusta Lynx and Columbia Inferno, putting up 48 points in 61 games.
Where is Legg now? He is a loving father and well he keeps his life pretty private, but as off June 20th, he has started coaching. Legg currently resides Maple Ridge, BC, where he is a fire fighter, and is now an assistant coach for the Ridge Meadows Flames of the Pacific Junior Hockey League, which of course plays out of British Columbia. Brandon Yip is an NHL alumni of this team.
There is no doubt that Legg’s familiarity with creative offense will help the Flames grow their offensive game.
Still cool to see that he is still in the world of hockey, and continuing to help his community.
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