Sheffield Steelers: Legue looking to ton up against Coventry Blaze

Jeff Legue
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Jeff Legue is like any other Elite League ice hockey forward - he just loves to score.

And there is no where he loves scoring more than Sheffield Arena.

Last Sunday the Canadian veteran weighed in with a goal and two assists in the stunning 8-1 destruction of Cardiff Devils.

The goal was his 99th at Sheffield Arena – and this weekend, he hopes to blast home his 100th against Coventry Blaze.

“When I look back there have been some memorable goals scored at the Arena,” he said.

“It’s a great place to score goals.

“The fans get excited and that gets me excited. It’s what we play the game for, to score and win.

“The first goal I scored at the Arena was against Manchester.

“I’d been hurt in the opening game of the year against Cardiff – Brad Both had run all over me and I missed a few weeks. It was my first game back.

“The goalie had come miles out of his goal and I poked the puck past him.

“A good friend of mine who I played college hockey with, Simon Mangos, was playing for Manchester and he was back in the goal trying to cover as much space as he could.

“He was crouched down and I fired it over his shoulder into the roof of the net.

“Perhaps the goal that most people ask me about was the overtime winner against Belfast.

“It was on live TV, the building was going crazy as we hadn’t played great and were down to the Giants.

“Ashley Tait had levelled the game with seconds remaining to take us into OT.

“A pass came to me quickly. I think everyone thought it was offside – but I carried on and went one-on-one with Stephen Murphy.

“I deeked him out of his shorts and scored.

“The crowd went crazy and I went crazy.

“I did the dance along the boards that the TV company showed on their introduction for the next three years.”

Legue had a peculiar season last year - starting off in the EPL with Sheffield Steeldogs.

But when he returned to Steelers, he scored the goal against Cardiff that clinched the league title.

He said: “I got a shot away but it rebounded into the corner.

“Tyson Marsh had hammered me to the ground but I got up and managed to beat him to the net.

“Phill Hill had retrieved the puck and threw it across the crease.

“I managed to beat Marsh to the loose puck and I guess the rest is history – I don’t think I’d been that excited before.

“It was a great moment.

“Scoring 99 goals is a lot in any building.

“I will be trying for 100 on Saturday.

“If it comes it comes, the important thing is winning the game and making sure our line contributes.

“If we keep winning as a team my goal will come.”