STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, and head coach Matt Thomas announced today the team has agreed to terms with center Gabriel Levesque.
Levesque, 22, is scheduled to return for his second season in Stockton after helping guide the Thunder to a berth in the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third time in four seasons. .
The 5-foot-7 and 160 pound pivot skated in 26 games for the Thunder last season, scoring 23 points (9g-14a). He missed 44 consecutive games due to injury and returned to the lineup on March 3 vs. Alaska, collecting an assist and following up with a nine point (3g-6a) streak in eight games. .
Levesque, who bagged a pair of goals in his pro debut, chipped in with a goal and an assist in eight Kelly Cup Playoff games. .
The native of Montreal, Quebec suited up in 253 career games with Rouyn-Noranda and Acadie-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, racking up 245 points (78g-167a) and a +29 rating. His career high of 107 points (37g-70a) in 68 games ranked second in the league and led all Acadie-Bathurst scorers in 2010-11.
During that season, he also notched career highs in goals (37), assists (70) and plus/minus (+33). .
Levesque began last season skating in training camp with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League. .