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Antoine Laganière

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Antoine Charles Laganière (born July 5, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for the Straubing Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

Antoine Laganière
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Born (1990-07-05) July 5, 1990 (age 29)
L'Île-Cadieux, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Straubing Tigers
Norfolk Admirals
San Diego Gulls
Ässät
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2013–present

Playing careerEdit

Undrafted, Laganière played collegiate hockey with the Yale Bulldogs in the ECAC. In his senior season with the Bulldogs in 2012–13, Laganière was a focal part of the offense, placing third amongst Yale in contributing with 15 goals and 29 points in 37 games, to help the Bulldogs advance to the Frozen Four and capture the college's first NCAA Division 1 Championship title.[1]

On April 17, 2013, as a coveted free agent, Laganière agreed to a one-year, entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League.[2] In his first professional season after attending the Ducks 2013 training camp he was assigned to American Hockey League primary affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals for the duration of the 2013–14 campaign. He established himself as a regular for Norfolk appearing in 72 games for 10 goals and 18 points. On July 18, 2014, he agreed to a one-year, two-way extension to remain with the Ducks.[3]

In his second season assigned to the Norfolk Admirals in 2014–15, Laganière increased his offensive output with 14 goals and 21 points in 73 games. As an restricted free agent from the Ducks, Laganière was not signed to another NHL contract by the Ducks, however remained in the organization by agreeing to an AHL contract with inaugural affiliate, the San Diego Gulls on July 8, 2015.[4]

After concluding his first season with San Diego in 2015–16 and having again increased his contribution within the team, Laganière agreed to return for his fourth season within the Ducks organization in signing a one-year extension with the Gulls on September 8, 2016.[5] During the 2016–17 season, Laganière made his 200th appearance in the AHL, and established a career high of 21 goals and 16 assists for 37 points in 64 games.

As a free agent in the off-season, Laganière ended his association with the Ducks in opting to pursue a career abroad by signing a one-year contract with Finnish club, Ässät Pori of the Liiga on August 28, 2017.[6] In the 2017–18 season, Laganière made a quick transition to the Finnish game, leading the club with 17 goals and placing second with 35 points in 57 games. Having progressed through the Wild Card round, he was unable to help Ässät progress past the qualifying round in a 4-1 series defeat to Oulun Kärpät, contributing with 4 points in 7 games.

Laganière left Finland after one season, opting to continue his European career in Germany, securing a one-year deal with the Straubing Tigers of the DEL on June 6, 2018.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Châteauguay Patriotes QMAAA 44 14 12 26 8 19 11 10 21 14
2006–07 Châteauguay Patriotes QMAAA 44 20 23 43 30 3 2 2 4 2
2007–08 Deerfield Academy USHS 25 8 30 38 14
2008–09 Deerfield Academy USHS 24 12 16 28 10
2009–10 Yale University ECAC 25 7 3 10 18
2010–11 Yale University ECAC 25 5 8 13 14
2011–12 Yale University ECAC 35 19 14 33 45
2012–13 Yale University ECAC 37 15 14 29 58
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 72 10 8 18 36 4 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Norfolk Admirals AHL 73 14 7 21 42
2015–16 San Diego Gulls AHL 57 16 16 32 36 9 2 2 4 4
2016–17 San Diego Gulls AHL 64 21 16 37 30 10 1 2 3 2
2017–18 Ässät Liiga 57 17 18 35 73 7 1 3 4 12
2018–19 Straubing Tigers DEL 52 13 20 33 30 2 1 1 2 0
AHL totals 266 61 47 108 144 23 3 4 7 8

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
College
All-Ivy League Second Team 2013
NCAA Champions (Yale) 2013

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Antoine Laganiere player profile". Yale University. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  2. ^ "Ducks sign coveted free agent Antoine Laganiere". Sports Illustrated. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  3. ^ "Ducks sign Laganiere to one-year contract". Anaheim Ducks. 2014-07-18. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
  4. ^ "Gulls sign 5 to AHL contracts". San Diego Gulls. 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  5. ^ "Gulls sign 7 players to AHL contracts". San Diego Gulls. 2016-09-08. Archived from the original on 2016-09-10. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  6. ^ "Assat secure services of Canadian Antoine Laganiere" (in Finnish). Ässät. 2017-08-28. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  7. ^ "Antoine Laganiere occupies 4th import spot" (in German). Straubing Tigers. 2018-06-06. Retrieved 2018-06-06.

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