DETROIT — Former Wings goalie Manny Legace got some good news while he was on the golf course Thursday afternoon. And it had nothing to do with golf.
Legace may have found employment back in the NHL. He was invited to the Vancouver Canucks’ training camp.
“It’s awesome,” Legace said. “I got the call when I was on the golf course and they invited me. They’ve got four or five goalies coming to camp. We’ll see how it goes.”
Last season, Legace attended the New York Islanders’ camp before being released. He played last season in Germany.
“It’s a big twist, a whole different mindset,” Legace said. “I’ve got to get ready for an NHL camp.”
Legace said on Tuesday that was more than likely heading back to Germany to play this season.
“I was set in trying to find a European job and now it’s a total 180,” Legace said. “It feels really good. We’ve talked to a few teams, but Vancouver came out of the blue. They weren’t even one of the teams we were talking to.”
In an odd twist, the Canucks claimed Legace off waivers in 1999 when the Wings put him on it. A couple weeks later, Detroit reclaimed him off waivers after Vancouver put him on it.
Legace played parts of six seasons in Detroit, going 112-34-16. In his last season with the Wings he went an amazing 37-8-0 and had a2.19 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.