WICHITA, Kan. – Aside from team captain Dyson Stevenson and forward Evan Polei, size and toughness in the bottom half of the Wichita Thunder lineup could have been seen as a weakness in last year’s playoff team.
That will likely not be the case this coming season, however.
Today, the team announced the signing of Pierre-Cedric Labrie to a contract. Labrie will serve as the team’s player/assistant for the coming season and is the first veteran signing announced by the Thunder this offseason.
“Pierre-Cedric Labrie will be a valuable resource for our players this upcoming season,” commented Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “He brings tremendous experience at the National Hockey League and American Hockey League levels and has worn a letter for many seasons in the AHL. I will lean on him to work with our young players in skill development as well as him being a second set of eyes when preparing for our opponents. I look forward to seeing him compete for us this season and helping him in his introduction to coaching.”
“I’m really excited to join the Thunder family and be a part of this new adventure,” Labrie said. “For me, it’s simple. I don’t have a Kelly Cup on my resume and I want one this year. I can’t wait to get started.”
The 32-year-old forward joins the Thunder after playing 46 games — all with the Tampa Bay Lightning — over three seasons in the National Hockey League, and a 12-year career with seven teams in the AHL. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 234-pound forward played for the Milwaukee Admirals and Tucson Roadrunners, posting 13 points (6G, 7A) and 66 penalty minutes (PIMs) in 58 games.
For his career, Labrie has played in 624 AHL games, collecting 201 points (90G, 111A) and 1164 PIMs. He is a member of the 2012 Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals, a team that under the leadership of current Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, won 28 straight regular-season games and went 15-3 in the Calder Cup playoffs.
According to hockeyfights.com, Labrie has been in at least 81 fights in his career. Here are a couple of his fights from this past season:
Labrie joins Ralph Cuddemi, Matt Schmalz, and Lane Bauer as those on the 2018-19 Thunder preseason roster. Another player signing will be announced on Thursday.
Stay caught up on all the signings and transactions from across the ECHL with our 2018 Transactions page. You can check that out, here: https://thesinbin.net/2018-echl-transactions/.