Lafranchise returns to Aces blue line

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The
Alaska Aces have re-signed defenseman Kane Lafranchise for the 2013-14 season, Aces Head Coach Rob Murray announced.

Lafranchise, 25, has spent the majority of his career with the Aces, suiting up in 143 regular-season games and 21 playoff games. Last year, he spent 10 games in the AHL, earning back-to-back call-ups with the Oklahoma City Barons and Houston Aeros. Lafranchise led all Aces defensemen in scoring in 2012-13 with 33 points (5g-28a) in just 52 games and he added six assists in 11 playoff games.

Lafranchise joined the Aces in February 2011, appearing in 22 games and remaining with the team through their Kelly Cup championship run. In 2011-2012 – his first complete professional season – Lafranchise finished second among Alaska defensemen in scoring with 34 points (3g-31a), and finished 14th overall among ECHL defensemen. He added five points (1g-4a) in 10 playoff games. Lafranchise led the Aces in plus-minus during the regular season, and finished second among ECHL blue liners with a +20 rating. Overall Lafranchise has played in 153 career games and registered 72 points (8g-64a).

Prior to turning pro, Lafranchise played three seasons for the University of Alaska-Anchorage from 2007-10. In his Seawolves career, the blue liner posted 33 points (9g-24a) in 97 career games.