Jeff Legue (C)
Returning to the Steelers for his seventh consecutive season a year after setting new modern day scoring record for the club Jeff Legue can easily be regarded as a franchise player.
- Became the clubs all time 3rd highest point scorer (213 + 270 = 483) in the 2012-13 season (behind only Ron Shudra and Steve Nemeth)
- A double winning league champion (2008-09 and 2010-11) and double winning play off champions (2007-07 and 2008-09)
- Twice an EIHL All Star (2nd team in 2010-11 and 1st team in 2011-12)
- 385 Appearances for the Steelers heading into the 2013-14 campaign.
When David Matsos signed Jeff Legue from German side LV Landsberg in the summer of 2006 few would have thought that one of the all time Steeler greats had just joined the club.
In fact the 06-07 season was only Legue’s second as a professional. After studying at Ferris State University Legue turned pro in 2005 and made 63 appearances in the East Coast Hockey League (53 for South Carolina and 10 with Dayton) scoring 19 times and tallying 39 points.
Legue then made the move to the German second division and to LV Landsberg. Impressive numbers followed, over a point a game (28+27=55 in 52 appearances)
The move to Sheffield coincided with a purple patch for the club and a legendary partnership with fellow forward Joe Talbot.
Legue struck 20 times (43 pts) in his first injury hit season, a year that ended with a play off championship for the Steelers.
A league and play off double followed the season after (08-09) with Legue increasing both goal and point output (23 goals and 55 points). Whilst the 09-10 season was baron for the Steelers, Legue hit a career high 40 goals (87 pts).
He did the same in 2010-11. His back to back 40 goal season also helped earn the Steelers another league title. Legue was also a 2nd team all star that year.
The Legue / Talbot partnership was broken up in 2011-12 but that didn’t stop another haul of 91 points as Legue led the Steelers scoring with 38 more goals. Legue also became one of the Steelers captains that season showing his leadership qualities.
A further 34 goals came in 2012-13 as Legue again headed Sheffield’s offence despite a second trophy less season for the club.
When coaching the Belfast Giants Steelers new head coach Doug Christiansen once titled Legue as the “Elite League’s best clutch player” such was his ability to raise his game at key, important moments.
During the 2012-13 league season Legue moved into 3rd place in the clubs all time top point scorers, a modern day record, and a Steelers EIHL record.