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Jean-François Labbé

Jean-François "J. F." Labbé, nicknamed Ti-Mine, (born June 15, 1972 in Sherbrooke, Quebec) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets

Jean-François Labbé
Born (1972-06-15) June 15, 1972 (age 47)
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for New York Rangers
Columbus Blue Jackets
HC Lada Togliatti
Augsburger Panther
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
Vienna Capitals
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1993–2011

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, he played in the 1984 and 1986 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with a minor ice hockey team from Sherbrooke.[1]

After playing four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Labbé began a very successful American Hockey League career. He played for the Prince Edward Island Senators, Cornwall Aces, Hershey Bears, Hamilton Bulldogs, Hartford Wolf Pack and Syracuse Crunch in his AHL tenure. His best season came in 1996–1997 with the Hershey Bears, when he won both the Hap Holmes Memorial Award for lowest goals against average and the Les Cunningham Award for league MVP. Labbé won the Calder Cup with the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2000.[citation needed]

Labbé appeared in 15 NHL games: one with the New York Rangers at the end of the 1999–2000 season and 14 with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons.[citation needed]

He played for the Saint-Georges Garaga in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey in 2003–2004 after a short stint with the Tolyatti Lada in the Russian Hockey Super League.[citation needed]

Labbé has played in the DEL for three seasons, with Augsburger Panther in 2004–05 and with the Sinupret Ice Tigers in 2005–06 and 2006–07. For the 2008 and 2009 season he joined the Vienna Capitals in Austria's Erste Bank Hockey League.[citation needed]

He finished his career in 2011 after a season with the Sherbrooke Saint-François in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey.[2]

Labbé was selected for induction as part of the American Hockey League Hall of Fame's 2016 class.[3]


Labbé currently holds records with the Syracuse Crunch for:

  • Lowest GAA in a single season - 2.18 (2001–02)[4]
  • Highest single season save percentage - .928 (2001–02)[5]
  • Career shutouts - 11[citation needed]

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
All-Star Team 1991–92
Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy 1991–92
CHL Third All-Star Team 1991–92
All-Star Team 1993–94
American Hockey League
First All-Star Team 1995–96
Calder Cup 1996–97, 1999–2000
Hap Holmes Memorial Award 1996–97, 1999–2000
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award 1996–97 [6]
Les Cunningham Award 1996–97 [7]
Second All-Star Team 2001–02
Best GAA 2005–06


  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  2. ^ "St. Francois Training camp starts with some surprises". Sherbrooke Saint-François. 2010-09-10. Archived from the original on 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  3. ^ "Jean-François Labbé Inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame". Sherbrooke Phoenix. 2015. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  4. ^ "2001-02 Syracuse Crunch roster and statistics". HockeyDB. 2002. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  5. ^ "2001-02 Syracuse Crunch roster and statistics". HockeyDB. 2002. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  6. ^ "Aldege "Baz" Bastien Award". American Hockey League. 2010-07-20. Archived from the original on 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  7. ^ "Les Cunningham Award". American Hockey League. 2010-07-21. Archived from the original on 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2010-07-21.

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Preceded by
Jamie Stewart
CoHL Best Goaltender of the Year
Succeeded by
Maxim Mikhailovsky
Preceded by
Manny Legace and Scott Langkow
Winner of the Hap Holmes Memorial Award
Succeeded by
Jean-Sébastien Giguère and Tyler Moss
Preceded by
Brad Smyth
Winner of the Les Cunningham Award
Succeeded by
Steve Guolla