Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Olivier Labelle.
Labelle, who will turn 26 years of age on July 15, is entering his sixth season of pro hockey. Last year, Labelle, who hails from St. Eustache, Quebec, scored 21 goals, assisted on 11 others and registered 105 penalty minutes in 38 regular season games with the Royals. In seven playoff games with Reading, Labelle picked up seven points (2g-5a) and 16 penalty minutes. Labelle also played 34 regular season games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, where he scored three goals, assisted on two others and racked up an additional 74 penalty minutes.
In 93 regular season games with the Royals over the past two seasons, Labelle has scored a total of 44 goals, which places him tied for fifth (with Brock Hooton and Ryan Cruthers) on the team’s all-time list in that category. In his 325 pro games, Labelle has also racked up a total of 815 penalty minutes. He has been named the team’s ‘Scrapper of the Year’ for the past two consecutive seasons with Reading, where has registered 267 total penalty minutes (which includes ten fighting majors), placing him fourth on the team’s all-time list in that category.
Labelle, who has 39 points (15g-24a) and 251 penalty minutes in 124 career AHL games with four teams, has racked up 156 points (86g-70a) and 564 PIMs in 201 total ECHL games.