David Leggio went to Germany to continue his hockey career. He returns with a championship.
Leggio backstopped Red Bull Munich (also known as EHC München) to the DEL championship.
The Williamsville native played in 13 playoff games posting a 1.66 goals against average and a.935 save percentage. The graduate of Clarkson bounced around the AHL the last five years and made the decision to play in the top-tier German league this year.
In an article on the IIHF website about the championship, Leggio dedicated the win to his wife.
"I have to give special thanks to my wife," Leggio said in the article. "I went through a very hard time last fall. It was October and I didn't know where I was going to play. Things were at a crossroads. We had a very emotional talk about the future. Red Bull Munich stepped up to the plate and acquired me, placing their faith in me. I dedicate this victory to my wife, who's back home pregnant, and now there's this championship. It's just amazing. Thank you so very much for giving me this opportunity."
Leggio has played overseas before, spending the 2009-10 season in Liiga, the Finnish Elite League, before returning to North America and playing in the Buffalo Sabres organization for three seasons in the AHL (2010-11 Portland, 2011-13 Rochester). Last season he played 23 games for the Bridgeport Sound then was traded from the Islanders to the Arizona Coyotes and finished the season in Portland playing five games.