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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

Forgotten Sabres: David Leggio

Updated: May 18, 2023

David Leggio never made it to the show, though he was so close just being one step away multiple times. Leggio brought his talents to Big Apple teams, spending stints with both the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.

Backtrack to college ice: Leggio posted a 59-29-12 with Clarkson University, a NCAA DIII school that offers DI hockey. Leggio allowed 2.3 GAPG with a .922sv% and helped bring the Golden Knights to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship in 2007.

Leggio was signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres on August 8th, 2010, after playing hockey in Finland. The deal was good for a year and Buffalo sent him to the AHL’s Portland Pirates. Leggio’s contract was converted to a two-way, despite that the Sabres kept him in Portland for the 2010/11 season.

The 5-foot-11 goalie would appear in 36 games and 9 playoff games, his production was good enough to get him re-signed in 2011.

During this time the Sabres would change their AHL affiliate to the Rochester Americans. Leggio would adjust to the change of names and won 28 games, overall he appeared in 54 and struggled in the playoffs going 0-3. 2012 marked a career-best season for the New York native, appearing in 64 games with 38 games, marking a career high.

Once again he would struggle in the playoffs 0-2 and with that his stay with Buffalo was over. Leggio would not appear in the NHL with the Sabres, who went 103-83-27 during his time in the AHL.

Leggio signed with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals. He would spend the 2013 season with the Bears.

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