Legace beat the Hurricanes 3-2 on Oct. 25 for his first win, and opponents are still trying to take his measure. "I'd like to know who he is," said Islanders right wing Mariusz Czerkawski after Legace stopped all four of his shots and 33 of New York's 34 in that 1-0 victory on Oct 27 "Where's he from?"
The short answer is that Legace, 25, was acquired from the Hurricanes in July for a conditional draft pick. Though he suffered in the eyes of scouts because of his size, he was named the best goalie in the AHL in 1995-96 while playing for the Springfield Falcons. Before that he was the backup netminder for Team Canada in the 1994 Olympics.
Legace may be sent back to the minors when Fiset and Storr return to action, but he has fine lateral movement and positions himself well, talents that combined with his early success, led Kings general manager Dave Taylor to muse last week, "Who knows? Maybe Manny will be around for a while."
Kerry Fraser's Dad
Referees Have Fathers Too
It must be tough for a man whose work subjects him to so much name-calling to bring his dad to the office. Yet there was Hilton Fraser, father of 46-year-old Kerry Fraser, the NHL's most experienced referee, perched in the press box at Nassau Coliseum as his son officiated an Islanders-Kings game last week. Hilton, an avid seafarer who has navigated across the oceans in a sailboat, has ruddy, weathered skin, and with his cropped white beard he bears strong resemblance to a more famous Papa—Ernest Hemingway. In 1963 Hilton launched Kerry's career when, while serving as head of officiating for an amateur league in Sarnia, Ont., he hired Kerry', then all of 11, as a ref.
Last week Hilton snapped photos of his boy with a pocket-sized camera, extolled the NHL's experiment with a two-referee system—"It cuts down on Kerry's skating," he said—and was un-fazed when the crowd began chanting, "Fraser sucks" after it thought he had missed a call. Said Hilton, "I only hope he doesn't make a bad call that I can see from here—the kind that makes me say, 'Oh, Kerry, you've blown that one.' " ?