Pierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond

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Pierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond
Pierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond.JPG
Born (1985-06-04) June 4, 1985 (age 31)
Lévis, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
New Jersey Devils
Calgary Flames
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 216th overall, 2004
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2005–present

Pierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond (born June 4, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently playing under contract within the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He plays a physical game and is known as an agitator and a fighter. He is an extremely tough player, who very rarely falls when fighting. He is known as having some of the longest fights.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Following his rookie season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Leblond was selected 216th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. He returned to Baie-Comeau for a second season before turning professional in 2005–06, splitting the season between Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey League (UHL) and the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL). Leblond continued to play with the Devils' minor league affiliates until being called up to the NHL during the 2008–09 season. After an injury to forward Bobby Holik, he made his NHL debut on October 22, 2008, and registered an assist on a David Clarkson goal during a 5-0 victory over the Dallas Stars. Leblond dressed for eight Devils games during the season, registering the lone assist, as well as 22 penalty minutes.

At the beginning of 2009-10, Leblond signed a contract worth $1.575 million over three seasons. He played in a career-high 27 NHL games with the Devils, notching two assists. During the season, he also played five games in the AHL. Leblond began the 2010–11 season with the Devils. On October 9, 2010, in the final period of a 7-2 loss, Leblond attempted to fight Washington Capitals rookie Marcus Johansson. The fight took place with 4 minutes and 17 seconds remaining in the third period; Leblond was charged with an instigator penalty resulting in an automatic one-game suspension. Two days later, the Devils placed Leblond on waivers; after clearing, he was assigned to the Albany Devils.[2] In 64 AHL games, he recorded 13 points (8 goals and 5 assists) and 334 penalty minutes.

On July 14, 2011, Leblond was traded to the Calgary Flames for a fifth-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. During his pre-season debut with the Flames, he received a two-minute penalty and ten-minute misconduct for hitting Vancouver Canucks forward Matt Clackson into the boards from behind. Following the game, he was suspended five games by the league, costing him $6,402.44 in salary, which was allocated to the NHL Players Association's Emergency Assistance Fund.[3]

At the conclusion of the 2012–13 NHL lock-out, Leblond was invited on a try-out to the Anaheim Ducks training camp on January 13, 2013.[4] He was then subsequently signed to a one-year contract with the Ducks two days later and was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

On August 20, 2013, Leblond signed a one-year AHL contract as a free agent with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.[5] During the 2013–14 season, on November 7, 2013, Leblond was signed to a two-year, two way NHL contract with parent affiliate, the Pittsburgh Penguins.[6]

As a free agent on September 8, 2015, Leblond returned to his original team for the first time since 2011, agreeing to a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.[7]

On July 1, 2016, Leblond signed as a free agent with his fourth NHL club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on a one-year, two-way deal.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 62 2 3 5 198 4 0 0 0 6
2004–05 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 67 1 6 7 229 6 0 1 1 10
2005–06 Adirondack Frostbite UHL 31 3 6 9 165 6 0 1 1 29
2005–06 Albany River Rats AHL 27 1 1 2 130
2006–07 Trenton Titans ECHL 52 4 9 13 183 4 0 0 0 15
2007–08 Trenton Devils ECHL 6 0 1 1 46
2007–08 Lowell Devils AHL 36 3 3 6 98
2008–09 Lowell Devils AHL 60 5 5 10 216
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 8 0 1 1 22
2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL 27 0 2 2 48 5 0 0 0 10
2009–10 Lowell Devils AHL 5 0 2 2 18
2010–11 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 0 0 21
2010–11 Albany Devils AHL 64 8 5 13 334
2011–12 Calgary Flames NHL 3 0 0 0 10
2011–12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 50 1 5 6 167 5 0 0 0 18
2012–13 Norfolk Admirals AHL 33 3 5 8 98
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 66 2 4 6 259 2 0 0 0 12
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 55 2 4 6 241 4 0 0 0 7
2015–16 Albany Devils AHL 52 1 5 6 131 3 0 0 0 8
NHL totals 41 0 3 3 101 5 0 0 0 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brodeur notches 98th shutout as Devils break out offense vs. Stars". cbssports.com. October 22, 2008. Retrieved May 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Devils host Wolf Pack Friday". Albany Devils. October 14, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Letourneau-Leblond suspended five games for boarding". The Sports Network. September 22, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Anaheim Ducks training camp roster" (PDF). Anaheim Ducks. January 13, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Letourneau-Leblond signs with Penguins". Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Penguins sign forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond". Pittsburgh Penguins. November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Devils sign F Letourneau-Leblond". New Jersey Devils. 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2015-09-08. 
  8. ^ "Lightning sign free agent forward Pierre-Luc Leblond". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-03. 

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