Graeme Clarke's lacrosse-style goal (via World Selects Invitational/YouTube)
Graeme Clarke wasn’t even born when Mike Legg scored the lacrosse-style tally that has become known as the “The Michigan” goal, but Clarke did Legg proud by busting out the move during a contest as the World Selects Invitational.
University of Michigan forward Mike Legg became known throughout the hockey world for one of the most creative goals that had ever been scored.
Legg’s lacrosse-style goal — a scooping move that saw him hoist the puck up and over the shoulder of a University of Minnesota netminder from behind the net — became known as ‘The Michigan,’ and a number of players have replicated it since, including Sidney Crosby, Mikael Granlund and Kael Mouillierat.
You can add Graeme Clarke to that list. And what makes that most impressive is that Clarke, 15, wasn’t born until more than five years after Legg’s goal, yet Clarke’s pulling it off with a smoothness and decisiveness that would almost lead one to believe he was the one who invented the move. Check it out:
Clarke barely hesitates once he collects the puck behind the net, lowering his stick to scoop the puck and putting it right up over the shoulder of the Team Colorado netminder. Clarke’s goal was his second of the game in what was an 11-0 thumping of the club from Colorado during the preliminary round of the World Selects Invitational in Philadelphia.
Clarke, playing for East Coast Selects Q, has been one of the standout players at the tournament and he’s tied for first in scoring with five goals and seven points in three games. During the regular season, he was part of a Toronto Marlboros AAA club that saw four players drafted in the first two rounds of the OHL draft.