Veteran Vaudreuil-Dorion hockey player honoured in Essen, Germany
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Eric Legros, right, travelled back to Essen, Germany recently to have the honour of seeing his number-4 jersey retired in recognition of his outstanding performance with the team in the 1990s.
Well-travelled hockey player Eric Legros from Vaudreuil-Dorion recently received the honour of being only the third player to have his number retired by the Essen Moskitos, the German professional hockey team for whom he played from 1994 to 1999. “The little Canadian,” as he was called in an article on the team’s website, was flown out with his wife Guylaine last month to stand with former teammates and watch as his number-4 jersey was retired to the rafters of Eissporthalle Essen, never to be used again in honour of his outstanding performance with the team.
“It really was a nice honour,” said Legros, reached while taking a well-earned vacation in Florida. “It was a short trip, but it was nice to get to stand on the carpet at centre ice with my wife there and 10 of the guys I played with back in the day.” During his years as a centre for the team, he played 210 games, and scored 214 goals and 171 assists for a total of 385 points.
According to a former coach, Legros started playing hockey in 1972 at the age of five in Dorion, then played for AA Westlake and at age 16 moved up to play Midget AAA in Lac St-Louis. From 1984 to 1988, he played Quebec Major Junior hockey, and was even invited to the Montréal Canadiens training camp, but when that didn’t work out he began his adventures in Europe.
In 1989, Legros started to play professionally with various European teams, starting in France, then other countries including Austria, England, Italy and finally Germany. By 2002 He transitioned to a new career as a coach, working with teams in Austria, Italy and Romania where he finished in 2011.
Now back in Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Legros continues to stay active in the sport he loves by running development programs for players and coaches, now working with the Hudson/Rigaud/St-Lazare (HRS) Minor Hockey Association.
“It’s great to work with them,” says Legros, “to see the young kids coming up in the sport.”