Drew LeBlanc

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Drew LeBlanc
Hobey Baker Memorial Award (cropped).jpg
LeBlanc receiving the Hobey Baker Award
Born (1989-06-29) June 29, 1989 (age 29)
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Augsburger Panther
Chicago Blackhawks
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2013–present

Andrew John LeBlanc (born June 29, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Augsburger Panther of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He won the Hobey Baker Award in 2013 as the top National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's ice hockey player.[1] LeBlanc was born in Duluth, Minnesota, but grew up in Hermantown, Minnesota.

Playing career[edit]

LeBlanc played in the United States Hockey League with the Chicago Steel from 2006 until 2008, after which he began playing for St. Cloud State Huskies. Going into the 2011-2012 season Lebalnc was named Captain of the team but suffered an injury 10 games into his senior season at St. Cloud State, he was therefore allowed to be a Red shirt senior for the 2012-2013 and scored 50 points in 42 NCAA games, he also continued to serve as team Captain.[2]

LeBlanc signed a one-year entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on April 12, 2013,[3] he made his NHL debut on April 24, 2013, against the Edmonton Oilers[4] and appeared in two games for the Blackhawks during the 2012–13 NHL season. As a result, the one-year contract that LeBlanc signed in April 2013, concluded on June 30, 2013 and LeBlanc became an unrestricted free agent. On July 19, 2013, he agreed to a two-year contract with the Blackhawks,[5] he would spend the next two seasons playing for the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks' American Hockey League affiliate.

Following the 2014–15 season, the Blackhawks did not extend a qualifying offer to LeBlanc;[6] as a result, he became an unrestricted free agent. On July 10, 2015, LeBlanc signed a one-year contract with the Augsburger Panther of the DEL,[7] he signed an extension with the team in March 2017.[8]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Sweden/Finland
Representing  United States
World Junior A Challenge
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Trail

LeBlanc was selected to represent the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Chicago Steel USHL 14 0 5 5 20 5 0 2 2 4
2007–08 Chicago Steel USHL 58 19 35 54 36 7 3 1 4 4
2008–09 St. Cloud State WCHA 38 8 7 15 20
2009–10 St. Cloud State WCHA 43 6 25 31 10
2010–11 St. Cloud State WCHA 38 13 26 39 18
2011–12 St. Cloud State WCHA 10 2 10 12 4
2012–13 St. Cloud State WCHA 42 13 37 50 14
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 76 7 15 22 18
2014–15 Rockford IceHogs AHL 41 4 2 6 8
2015–16 Augsburger Panther DEL 45 15 31 46 18
2016–17 Augsburger Panther DEL 49 11 23 34 18 7 1 4 5 4
2017–18 Augsburger Panther DEL 48 11 32 43 22
2018–19 Augsburger Panther DEL 52 11 34 45 40 14 5 5 10 10
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2007 United States WJAC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 1 1 2 2
2013 United States WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 0 3 3 0
Junior totals 4 1 1 2 2
Senior totals 6 0 3 3 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
All-WCHA Third Team 2010–11
All-WCHA First Team 2012–13 [10]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2012–13
Hobey Baker Award 2012–13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Myers, Jess (April 12, 2013). "St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc wins Hobey Baker Award". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.scsuhuskies.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=94
  3. ^ "Blackhawks agree to terms with 2013 Hobey Baker Winner Drew LeBlanc". Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Vandiest, Derek. "Sharp back, LeBlanc to make debut". ESPN Chicago. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "Blackhawks agree to terms with LeBlanc, Peckham and Kostka". blackhawks.nhl.com. July 19, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Cain, Brandon M. (July 1, 2015). "Blackhawks submit qualifying offer for Viktor Svedberg; not Mac Carruth, Drew LeBlanc". Second City Hockey. SB Nation. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  7. ^ Cain, Brandon M. (July 10, 2015). "Former Blackhawks, Hobey Baker winner Drew Leblanc signs in Germany". Second City Hockey. SB Nation. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  8. ^ http://www.aev-panther.de/panther/news_news,-Panthern-gelingt-erhoffter-Coup-%E2%80%93-LeBlanc-bleibt-in-Augsburg-_naid,2087.html
  9. ^ "Blackhawks' Drew LeBlanc added to U.S. World Championship roster". USA Hockey/Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  10. ^ "Conference honors 2012–13". collegehockeyinc.com. March 29, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2013.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jack Connolly
WCHA Player of the Year
2012–13
Succeeded by
Cody Kunyk
Preceded by
Jack Connolly
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
2012–13
Succeeded by
Johnny Gaudreau
Preceded by
Brad Eidsness
WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year
2012–13
Succeeded by
Chad Brears