The “lacrosse” goal by University of Michigan center Mike Legg is under consideration for two major awards this year: Canada’s sporting network TSN’s “Play of the Year,” and an ESPY awards from the American equivalent, ESPN, the University of Michigan announced this week.
Legg’s goal, which came in a quarterfinal game of the 1996 NCAA Tournament against Minnesota, featured a swinging move to flip the puck onto the blade of the stick, which Legg then threw, lacrosse style, into the goal over the shoulder of Gopher netminder Steve DeBus. The goal tied the game at two, and the Wolverines went on to win the game 4-3, and eventually the national championship.
TSN is featuring five plays for the “Play of the Year”, and Legg’s goal is the only college hockey play. Voting for the play over the internet can be done at http://www.tsn.ca/ under the “interactive” section. Voting ends Monday, December 16.
In January, Legg’s goal will be considered by ESPN for an ESPY award for “Outrageous Play of the Year”. Voting details will be announced later.