Joseph LaBate
Born (1993-04-16)April 16, 1993,
Eagan, Minnesota, U.S.
Height
Weight
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
AHL team
F. teams
Belleville Senators
Vancouver Canucks
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 Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL).[1] He was selected 101st overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

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]

Following the 2017–18 season, and at the conclusion of his third full season within the Canucks organization, LaBate became a free agent after he was not tendered a qualifying offer by the club. On August 20, 2018, LaBate secured a one-year AHL contract with the Belleville Senators, affiliate of the Ottawa Senators.[10]

Playing style[edit | edit source]

LaBate described himself as:[11]

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 | edit source]

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
2017–18 Utica Comets AHL 39 6 5 11 87
2018–19 Belleville Senators AHL 70 8 5 13 106
2019–20 Belleville Senators AHL 47 10 16 26 53
NHL totals 13 0 0 0 21

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Joseph LaBate Stats and News. NHL. Retrieved on November 5, 2016.
  2. Prospect: Joseph LaBate. Hockey's Future. Retrieved on November 5, 2016.
  3. Prospect Profile: #8 Joseph LaBate. CanucksArmy (August 21, 2013). Retrieved on November 5, 2016.
  4. 2011 NHL draft profile: Joseph LaBate. ESPN. Retrieved on November 5, 2016.
  5. Peters, Chris (November 26, 2015). AHL fight provides season's most gruesome image to date. CBS Sports. Retrieved on November 5, 2016.
  6. LaBate scores after quick move. Canucks Media. Retrieved on November 5, 2016.
  7. Canucks recall LaBate (November 21, 2016). Retrieved on November 21, 2016.
  8. Sven Baertschi sparks Canucks past Coyotes (November 23, 2016). Retrieved on November 23, 2016.
  9. Canucks assign three to Comets. Vancouver Canucks (December 11, 2016). Retrieved on January 15, 2017.
  10. LaBate signs AHL pact with Belleville. American Hockey League (2018-08-20). Retrieved on 2018-08-20.
  11. Prospect Profile: #8 Joseph LaBate. CanucksArmy (August 21, 2013). Retrieved on November 5, 2016.

External links[edit | edit source]

Joseph LaBate's career stats at Eliteprospects.com Joseph LaBate's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database

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