WICHITA, KS – The Wichita Thunder moved to the blueline for one of their final offseason signing announcements.
Wednesday, the team announced the signing of Samuel Labrecque, a second-year pro who played last year for Villacher SV in Austria (EBEL), one of the top leagues in Europe. A native of Granby, Quebec, the 5-foot-8, 182-pound blueliner recorded 26 points (13g, 13a) in 52 games last season.
“I’m really excited to be coming to Wichita,” said Labrecque. “I’ve heard good things about the organization, fans, and coach. It was an easy choice when I decided to come back to North America.”
Prior to heading overseas, Labrecque played three seasons at Clarkson University (ECAC) before finishing his college career at McGill University (USports). He registered 42 points (17g, 25a) in 93 NCAA games with the Golden Knights. He transferred to McGill in 2014-15 and was named the McGill Athlete of the Year during his senior campaign, tallying 44 points (16g, 28a) in just 28 games. Labrecque reunites with his former college teammate, Etienne Boutet, who signed earlier this summer.
“Sam is a dynamic offensive defenseman with a great shot,” commented Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “He had tremendous success in university hockey and in his first year pro last season in a top European league.”
Prior to joining the Thunder for ECHL camp, Labrecque will tryout for the Toronto Marlies in their American Hockey League camp.
The Thunder now have 22 players signed for the coming season. You see the entire list by visiting our transaction tracker.