July 28, 2022 – Western Hockey League (WHL) – Spokane Chiefs Press Release
Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs named Stefan Legein (stef-en, lee-jen) assistant coach ahead of the 2022-23 season. Legein joins head coach Ryan Smith and fellow assistant Dustin Donaghy on the staff.
“I’m extremely honored to join the Chiefs family – it means a lot to be in a place that has such great people from top to bottom,” Legein said. “With that, I would like to thank Mr. Brett, Mark [Miles]Mast [Bardsley] and ryan [Smith] for giving me the opportunity to join a long list of great coaches who have been to Spokane. Speaking with Matt and Ryan, the team’s goals, as well as my personal beliefs, have aligned perfectly and I couldn’t be more excited for the 2022-23 season opener.”
Legein comes to Spokane from the Saint John Sea Dogs, who won the 2022 Memorial Cup in June. The 33-year-old joined the Sea Dogs coaching staff as an assistant in 2018 after serving as a video coach with the Mississauga Steelheads in 2017.
“I’m thrilled to add Stefan to our coaching staff,” Spokane Chiefs head coach Ryan Smith said. “Getting to know him through this process has made it clear that he is the right fit for the Spokane Chiefs. His experience as a player and now his coaching experience over the past few years will add value. value to our organization. The skill set he brings as a coach is top notch and it certainly matches who he is as a person. I look forward to working with Stefan and Dustin this season.”
“We are very excited to have Stefan join the Spokane Chiefs organization to work with Ryan, Dustin [Donaghy] and our players,” said Spokane Chiefs general manager Matt Bardsley. “His experience and strengths as a player as well as a coach will be a great addition to our team as we strive to maximize the development of players while achieving team success. We would like to thank the Saint John Sea Dogs organization for allowing us to speak with Stefan during this process. Finally, we would like to welcome Stefan with his wife Shannon and their three children Emerson, Delilah and MacKinnon to the city of Spokane.”
As a player, Legein spent four seasons in the Canadian Hockey League with the Mississauga/Niagara IceDogs (OHL) from 2004 to 2008, where he had 136 points (77G-59A) in 202 games. The 5-foot-10 winger was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round (37th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Originally from Oakville, Ont., Legein represented his country at the 2008 World Junior Championships and helped Canada win a gold medal.
Legein then moved to the AHL from 2008 to 2014, spending 32 games with the Syracuse Crunch (3G-1A), 112 with the Adirondack Phantoms (29G-22A), 114 with the Manchester Monarchs (19G-23A) and seven with the Toronto Marlies (3G-0A).
After playing professionally overseas for two seasons, Legein ended his playing career in 2015-16 playing 38 games with the Manchester Monarchs and 11 with the Tulsa Oilers in the ECHL.
“My wife and three children are looking forward to moving to Spokane and becoming part of the community and looking forward to spending the next chapter of our lives in Washington State as members of the Chiefs family,” Legein said. .
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