Top-scoring rookie back with Ontario
ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, back-to-back Pacific Division champions and ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets, announced today the return of the ECHL’s 2012-13 leading rookie scorer, Mario Lamoureux.
Lamoureux, 24, had an incredible 2012-13 season with the Reign playing in all but one regular season contest while recording 65 points (25g-40a) and a plus-minus rating of +30. During the Reign’s playoff run, the forward earned five points (3g-2a).
The Grand Forks, N.D. native ranked among the league leaders in numerous statistical categories. Lamoureux finished second in the league - first among rookies - with a +30, second in rookie goals with 25 and second in assists with 40. His eight game-winning goals put him in a three-way tie for the most among rookies, and third in the league.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound forward completed a four-year collegiate career with the University of North Dakota in 2011-12 before he made his professional debut for two games with the Gwinnett Gladiators. In 148 games with North Dakota, Lamoureux recorded 46 points (17g-29a) and 228 penalty minutes. He captained the UND team his senior year and tallied the 10,000th goal in the program’s history the same year.
Lamoureux spent four years playing at the junior level with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm where in 236 games he became the club’s all-time leading scorer with 129 points (44g-85a).