Michigan senior center Mike Legg’s internationally-famous lacrosse-like goal will receive its best publicity yet this week when it is nominated for an ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) by ESPN in the category of “Outrageous Play of the Year.”
The balloting will run starting with Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. Sportscenter and continue through Monday. Voting will take place on the telephone at 900-976-3779 (95 cents per call with a portion of the proceeds sent to The V Foundation for Cancer Research). Internet balloting can be found at ESPN’s Sportszone site: http://espnet.sportszone.com/.
“It’s a great honor to be selected,” Legg said. “I can’t believe this is happening after all (the attention) I’ve already received.”
The play, which took place last March at the NCAA West Regionals in East Lansing, Mich. against Minnesota, and was a crucial conversion in the Wolverines’ run to their first national championship in 32 seasons, has made Legg a star in the hockey world.
Legg, a London, Ont. native, traveled to Stockholm, Sweden in August to receive the “Goal of the Year” award by the Swedish hockey magazine Inside Hockey. The goal was voted “Play of the Year” in late December by the Canadian all-sports television network The Sports Network. And the stick Legg used to score the goal was donated in early January to The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto for inclusion in its 1996 Year in Review display.
Legg is fifth on the Wolverines with 15 goals this season. He is sixth on the team with 30 points. Legg had a career-high four goals on Jan. 11 against Ferris State.