POTSDAM — It is about a 277-mile drive from Williamsville to Potsdam, a relatively brief trip that former Clarkson goalie David Leggio has not made since 2008.
But the former Golden Knight great will be back in town tonight and will be honored Saturday as his banner for participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics with Canada in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is unveiled in the rafters at Cheel Arena.
Leggio complied the fourth-most wins among Clarkson goalies with 59, and he led the Golden Knights to the 2007 ECAC Hockey championship, winning the league’s Ken Dryden Award that season as the top goalie.
He also led Clarkson to a regular-season title in 2008 and the program’s first NCAA Tournament win since 1996.
Leggio, who came to Clarkson as a walk-on, won the starting job by the end of his sophomore year and played professional hockey until last season, including American Hockey League stops in Binghamton, Albany, Rochester, Hershey, Bridgeport and Portland.
He also spent five years in Europe, including three seasons in Munich, Germany.
Leggio is one of many former Golden Knights expected to return this weekend for the school’s annual Cold Out/Gold Out alumni weekend, which features an outdoor game between the women’s and men’s games Saturday.
Expected to return from the men’s side along with Leggio is Michael Ornella, David Gray, Sylvain Larose, Luciano Borsato, Jeremy Lopata, Chris deRuiter, Ben Dalpe, Jamie McKinven, Chris Mills, Jon Paterson, Jason LaBarge, Chris Brekelmans, James Bartell, Gasper Sekelj, Grant Clitsome, Ed Sabo, Nick Trembley, Bob Clarke, Scott Ricci, Chuck Bullard, Michael Grenzy and Steve Williams.
The former women’s players expected to be at the event include Brooke Beazer, Emma Madigan, Josiane Pozzebon, Loren Gabel, Jamie Lee Rattray, Savannah Harmon, Erin Ambrose, Ella Matteucci, Erica Howe and Olivia Howe.
“It’s a connection for us back to our alumni,” Clarkson men’s coach Casey Jones said. “We have a good crew back here every year and every year seems to span a new generation of guys coming back. It just energizes the team for the weekend. I think it’s important for the guys from the past to see the current guys we have and how vested they are in the program. It kind of revitalizes (the alumni), too.”
EGLE HITS MILESTONE
Senior forward Haralds Egle became the third member of his recruiting class to hit 100 points for his career last weekend.
Egle has 41 goals and 59 assists in 126 career games for the Golden Knights and currently leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 16 assists in 23 games this year.
“It was a greet feeling to be in that club,” Egle said. “Not a lot of people have done it, so it’s an amazing honor.”
Egle’s teammate Devin Brosseau has 108 points with 39 goals and 69 assists in 133 games. Nico Sturm, who left for professional hockey after last season, is the third member of the group with 36 goals and 67 assists in 118 career games.
WELLS APPRECIATES WORK
Appleton Arena was back in use last weekend as the St. Lawrence University women’s team upset rival Clarkson, 1-0, before 1,363 fans in an ECAC Hockey game.
Saints coach Chris Wells expressed gratitude after the game for all the effort it took to get the facility ready.
“So many people did so many things to make this happen,” Wells said. “A lot of people worked a lot of hours here over the last couple days to make this game happen, a lot of people doing jobs that weren’t their jobs. I’m certainly happy that we were able to pay everybody back that did yeoman’s work to make this game happen and it certainly was special and the girls loved it.”