Joseph LaBate

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Joseph LaBate
Born (1993-04-16) April 16, 1993 (age 24)
Eagan, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Vancouver Canucks
Utica Comets (AHL)
NHL Draft 101st overall, 2011
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2015–present

Joseph LaBate (born April 16, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] He was selected 101st overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

LaBate played for the Academy of Holy Angels's men's ice hockey team in high school, tallying 58 points in 25 games.[2]

After three seasons in high school hockey, the Vancouver Canucks used their fourth round pick, 101 overall, to select LaBate in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[3][4] He soon moved on to college hockey, playing for the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA. LaBate shifted from wing to center in his junior season at Wisconsin and skated in all 37 games for the Badgers. He scored a career-high 11 goals with 11 assists and was -3 with 22 penalty minutes. After four seasons with the Wisconsin Badgers, he signed a contract with the Canucks. He was sent down to the Utica Comets, and posted his first professional career goal against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after a gruesome fight with Samuel Morin.[5] He participated in the Canucks 2016-17 preseason games, posting a goal, but was eventually sent down to the Comets.[6] On November 21, he was recalled to the NHL for the first time in his career.[7] He made his NHL debut two days later, on November 23, 2016, logging 5:55 minutes of ice time in a 4–1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.[8] He was reassigned to the Comets on December 11, after playing three games with the Canucks.[9]

Playing style[edit]

Labate is a well-rounded player with ideal power forward size, solid skating skills, and good defensive awareness. He has added strength and bulk during his college career and has the ability to compete against the larger players in pro hockey. He is not a gifted forward in terms of creativity, agility and stick handling skills but uses his frame to protect the puck and creates scoring chances by going into the tough areas.

LaBate described himself as:[10]

I would say that I am somewhere in the middle at this point of my career. But I am honestly putting a large emphasis on becoming a more physical player. I am working on the physical aspect of the game, and watching David Backes [who I referred to as a player that he has been compared to] play, you can tell that he plays with a physical edge on the ice. That's something that I'm trying to incorporate into my game. I skated with Ryan Malone this past summer, and I have started watching more of his stuff as well.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Academy of Holy Angels USHS 25 29 29 58 26 2 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Academy of Holy Angels USHS 25 27 22 49 42 1 2 1 3 0
2011–12 University of Wisconsin WCHA 37 5 15 20 24
2012–13 University of Wisconsin WCHA 41 9 14 23 51
2013–14 University of Wisconsin B1G 37 11 11 22 22
2014–15 University of Wisconsin B1G 35 6 12 18 46
2014–15 Utica Comets AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2015–16 Utica Comets AHL 66 10 10 20 79 4 0 1 1 6
2016–17 Utica Comets AHL 38 6 10 16 80
2016–17 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 0 0 0 21
NHL totals 13 0 0 0 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joseph LaBate Stats and News". NHL. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Prospect: Joseph LaBate". Hockey's Future. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Prospect Profile: #8 Joseph LaBate". CanucksArmy. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "2011 NHL draft profile: Joseph LaBate". ESPN. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ Peters, Chris (November 26, 2015). "AHL fight provides season's most gruesome image to date". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "LaBate scores after quick move". Canucks Media. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Canucks recall LaBate". nhl.com. November 21, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sven Baertschi sparks Canucks past Coyotes". nhl.com. November 23, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Canucks assign three to Comets". Vancouver Canucks. December 11, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Prospect Profile: #8 Joseph LaBate". CanucksArmy. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 

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