Former Checker LaBarbera Gets Hot In LA

ECHL.com Note – Jason LaBarbera began his professional career in the ECHL with Charlotte in 2000-01 where he was 18-10-7 with a goals against average of 3.20 and a save percentage of .910 in 35 regular season games and 1-1 with a goals against average of 2.09 and a save percentage of .945 in two Kelly Cup Playoff games. He returned to Charlotte in 2001-02 and was 9-3-1 with a goals against average of 2.34 and a save percentage of .924 in 13 regular season games and 2-2 with a goals against average of 3.39 and a save percentage of .910 in four Kelly Cup Playoff games.

By Doug Ward
Special to NHL.com
Nov. 11, 2005

From the deck of his new apartment in the fashionable enclave of Marina del Rey, Los Angeles Kings rookie goaltender Jason LaBarbera sounds like a man who has finally found his place in the sun.

“I’m standing outside my place right now,” the Burnaby, B.C., native is saying by phone on a recent off-day, “and I can see the ocean. It’s very relaxing. People call me from back home and tell me how cold it is, but it’s always warm here.”

Maybe it’s the time of year in Los Angeles, and maybe it’s just time. Either way, LaBarbera has been rather warm lately, too.

After just two months in Los Angeles, LaBarbera, 25, is beginning to assimilate into the local culture. LaBarbera, who recently ditched the hotel he was living in next door to the Kings’ practice facility in favor of the new waterfront digs, also has moved himself into a regular place in the Kings’ net.

LaBarbera began the season in a goaltending rotation with Mathieu Garon, but his strong early season play has gotten him into 11 of the Kings’ first 16 games.

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