If the Wings current success had happened but a year ago, Manny Legace would have been right in the thick of it - and for that matter, probably still would be now. As it stands, he's out in St. Louis taking advantage of an early summer - helping out with a program called Rebuilding Together and spending some time cutting and laying tile in the bathroom of 73 year old Ruthie Gibson.
Of the experience, Manny said,
“I’m just trying to do my part. I’m not trying to be anything special. (Ownership) has supported me all year and (I’m) just trying to give back a little. It’s not much, but I’m trying.”The best alternative to being at the center of the race for the Stanley Cup? Maybe not, but Legace said the afternoon brought it's own rewards in the form of Gibson's gratitude.
“She had a big, ear-to-ear smile the whole day. Every time I’d walk by her, she had a big grin on her face. That’s credit in itself. You don’t need publicity, you don’t need the TV cameras there. You just need to see her smiling, and that was worth the few hours that we put in during the day.”Miss him yet? I hope so. What a sweetheart. I'm proud to still be wearing his jersey at every Wings game I go to.