Stefan Legein Set to Return to Hockey

Jack PorterCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2008

Three months after Columbus prospect Stefan Legein announced he was quiting hockey, he has changed his mind.

TSN has reported that Stefan will return to Columbus in the New Year.

I am planning to go to Columbus at the beginning of January and from there I hope to be going to Syracuse (AHL)," Legein said. "That's the plan. I am looking forward to it. It's time."  

Legein has been working out with the Brampton Battalion of the OHL for more than three weeks now, in order to get into shape for the AHL.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson found out more than a week ago that Stefan intended to make a return to hockey and Howson commented on the situation.

"It can't be because he's running out of things to do with his time. It can't be because he's running out of money. It has to be because he wants to be a professional hockey player." said Howson.

Stefan meanwhile feels he did make the right choice.

"I don't have any regrets about what I did, but I know I want to play now," he said. "I feel good about it. I'm getting back in shape. I have a ways to go yet, we'll see how it goes, but I want to play. There are no doubts in my mind any more. This is what I want." 

Legein was drafted in the second round of the 2007 entry draft by the Jackets.