Kevin Labanc

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Kevin Labanc
Kevin Labanc - Barrie Colts.jpg
Labanc with the Barrie Colts in 2016
Born (1995-12-12) December 12, 1995 (age 23)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 171st overall, 2014
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2016–present

Kevin Labanc (born December 12, 1995) is an American professional ice hockey right wing. He is currently playing for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Sharks in the sixth round, 171st overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

As a youth, Labanc played in the 2008 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the New Jersey Devils minor ice hockey team.[1] He later played amateur junior hockey in New Jersey through the Youth Hockey League, to the Atlantic Junior Hockey League with the New Jersey Rockets before he was selected to play in the U.S. National Development Team Program through the United States Hockey League.

At the conclusion of his tenure in the U.S. Development Program, Labanc opted to forgo collegiate hockey and pursue a major junior career in the Ontario Hockey League with the Barrie Colts. He was originally drafted by the Colts in the 2011 Priority Selection in the sixth round, 103rd overall. He scored 35 points in 65 games as a rookie in the 2013–14 season with the Colts and was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, 171st overall.

In the following two season with the Colts, Labanc broke out offensively with back-to-back 100-point seasons. In the 2015–16 season, his overage year, Labanc led the Colts and the League with 88 assists and 127 points. He was awarded the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy and the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the top scoring right winger in the OHL.[2] He completed his junior career with the Colts amongst franchise leader's in points-per-game games and finished fourth overall in scoring with 269 points in just 198 games.

On March 9, 2016, Labanc was signed by the San Jose Sharks to a three-year entry-level contract.[3] He was assigned to join AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda, for their post-season run, making his professional debut in a solitary game.

After attending the Sharks' training camp in preparation for his first full professional season in 2016–17, Labanc was assigned to begin the year with the Barracuda. After scoring 10 points in just 6 games in the AHL, Labanc received his first recall to the San Jose Sharks on November 7, 2016.[4] He made his debut, featuring on a scoring line, alongside Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi, in a 3–0 victory over the Washington Capitals on November 8.[5] In his fifth game, Labanc scored his first NHL goal, assisted by Joe Thornton, against Jake Allen, in a 3–2 defeat to the St. Louis Blues on November 17, 2016.[6]

On February 9, 2019, Labanc scored his first NHL hat-trick in a 5–2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers.[7] He finished the 2018-19 season with 17 goals and 56 points in 82 games. In Game 7 of the Sharks' first-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights, Labanc contributed on all four Sharks' third period goals (one goal and three assists). The team eventually won the game in overtime, advancing to the second round. The feat made Labanc the first player in NHL postseason history to record four points in a single period of a Game 7.[8] For the 2019 postseason, the Sharks were eliminated in six games by the eventual champions, the St. Louis Blues, during the Western Conference Finals.[9] Overall, Labanc recorded four goals and five assists in 20 games.

On July 8, 2019, the Sharks re-signed Labanc to a one-year, $1 million contract extension.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 New Jersey Colonials AYBHL 37 18 41 59 24
2010–11 New Jersey Rockets MetJHL 36 13 33 46 16 2 1 0 1 0
2010–11 New Jersey Rockets AtJHL 5 1 0 1 2
2011–12 U.S. National Development Team USHL 33 3 8 11 10 2 0 0 0 2
2012–13 U.S. National Development Team USHL 26 3 6 9 8
2013–14 Barrie Colts OHL 65 11 24 35 30 11 3 4 7 4
2014–15 Barrie Colts OHL 68 31 76 107 55 9 2 4 6 8
2015–16 Barrie Colts OHL 65 39 88 127 70 15 6 20 26 28
2015–16 San Jose Barracuda AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 San Jose Barracuda AHL 19 6 13 19 24 15 3 4 7 6
2016–17 San Jose Sharks NHL 55 8 12 20 22
2017–18 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 11 29 40 32 10 1 4 5 2
2017–18 San Jose Barracuda AHL 2 1 3 4 2
2018–19 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 17 39 56 36 20 4 5 9 14
NHL totals 214 36 80 116 90 30 5 9 14 16

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 United States U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 0 0 0 4
2013 United States WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 1 0 1 0
Junior totals 12 1 0 1 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL
Second All-Star Team 2016 [11]
Best Plus-minus 2016
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy 2016
Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy 2016 [2]
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Kevin Labanc named OHL's overage player of the year". Ontario Hockey League. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Sharks sign forward Kevin Labanc". San Jose Sharks. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "Sharks recall forward Kevin Labanc". San Jose Sharks. November 7, 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "Sharks' Kevin Labanc looks to build on solid debut". Mercury News. November 10, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "Sharks' Kevin Labanc grabs first NHL goal". CBS Sports. November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  7. ^ "Sharks' Kevin Labanc: First career hat trick". CBS Sports. February 9, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  8. ^ White, Marcus. "Kevin Labanc makes history in Sharks' crazy Game 7 comeback vs. Vegas". NBC Sports Bay Area. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Myers, Tracey. "Sharks can't overcome injuries, eliminated with Game 6 loss to Blues". NHL.com. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Gretz, Adam. "Sharks re-sign RFA Labanc to one-year deal". NBC Sports. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "OHL announces 2015–16 All-Star Teams". Ontario Hockey League. June 2, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2016.

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