COLUMBUS, United States – The Columbus Blue Jackets were taken by surprise when they learned that prospect Stefan Legein is quitting hockey.
According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, which was confirmed by Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, the NHL club was informed by Legein’s agent that the 19-year-old won’t join training camp and is hanging up his skates.
“We're surprised that Stefan has decided that this is what he wants to do. We're surprised it's come to this. We knew there were issues with Stefan going back to last spring. We've talked through it with him and we haven't had any success,” Howson told the Columbus Dispatch.
Legein was drafted in the second round (no. 37) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and signed a three-year contract in November 2007. He completed his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League and also played two playoff games for the Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League affiliate, before asking to return home to start working out.
Last winter, he helped the Canadian U20 national team win its fourth straight gold medal at the 2008 IIHF World U20 Championship, serving as alternate captain.