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David Legwand
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Born August 17, 1980 (1980-08-17) (age 39)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
Played for Nashville Predators
EHC Basel
Detroit Red Wings
Ottawa Senators
Buffalo Sabres
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1998
Nashville Predators
Playing career 1999–2016

David 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 the Ottawa Senators.

He was the first player ever drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

AmateurEdit

David attended Grosse Pointe North High School. As a youth, he played in the 1993 and 1994 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with the Detroit Little Caesars minor ice hockey team. He played his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.

In the season before he was drafted, David 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.

ProfessionalEdit

David was drafted 2nd overall by the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, behind 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 records for the Predators, including most games played, goals, assists, and points He became the first NHL player to score on a penalty shot in overtime on December 23, 2000 against the New York Rangers.

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, David played for the Swiss team EHC Basel.

After several first round playoff exits, David 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, David was traded to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok, 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, he gained the uncommon distinction of playing 83 games in the normally 82 game NHL season.

On July 4, 2014, David 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 the 2014-15 season, he added a veteran presence in helping return the Senators to the playoffs, however, he suffered a decline in production with 9 goals and 27 points in 80 games.

On June 26, 2015, he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres along with Senators teammate Robin Lehner in exchange for the New York Islanders' 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

On December 22, 2016, David announced his retirement from professional hockey.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Detroit Ambassadors NAHL 44 21 41 62 58
1997–98 Plymouth Whalers OHL 59 54 51 105 56 15 8 12 20 24
1998–99 Plymouth Whalers OHL 55 31 49 80 65 11 3 8 11 8
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Nashville Predators NHL 71 13 15 28 30
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 81 13 28 41 38
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 63 11 19 30 54
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 64 17 31 48 34
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 82 18 29 47 46 6 1 0 1 8
2004–05 EHC Basel NLB 3 6 2 8 2 19 16 23 39 20
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 44 7 19 26 34 5 0 1 1 8
2005–06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 78 27 36 63 44 5 0 3 3 2
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 65 15 29 44 38 3 1 0 1 2
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 73 20 22 42 32
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 82 11 27 38 24 6 2 5 7 8
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 64 17 24 41 24 12 6 3 9 8
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 78 19 34 53 26 10 3 3 6 10
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 48 12 13 25 20
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 62 10 30 40 30
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 4 7 11 31 5 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 9 18 27 32 3 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 5 9 14 14
NHL totals 1136 228 390 618 551 55 13 15 28 46

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 United States WJC 5th 7 0 0 0 2
1999 United States WJC 8th 6 1 3 4 31
1999 United States WC 6th 6 0 2 2 4
2000 United States WC 5th 6 1 1 2 4
2001 United States WC 4th 9 2 4 6 4
2005 United States WC 6th 7 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 13 1 3 4 33
Senior totals 28 3 8 11 16

Records & MilestonesEdit

  • 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)

Personal LifeEdit

David and his wife, Lindsey, have two children, with the firstborn being a son born on November 21, 2009.

In January of 2015, David (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.

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