Former Steelheads defenceman Stefan Leblanc has agreed to terms with the Montreal Canadiens on one-year, one-way AHL contract.
Leblanc shared his excitement shortly after signing his first professional contract, saying, “I am thrilled and honoured to sign with the Montreal Canadiens. The opportunity to continue my hockey development with a historic franchise like the Canadiens is an exciting one. After four seasons in the OHL, to be able to make the step to professional hockey is rewarding and a great opportunity for me.”
Leblanc, 21, played four seasons in the OHL. The Oakville, Ontario native represented the Steelheads well both on and off the ice, and was the recipient of the Steelheads’ 2015-16 Hazel McCallion Award for Community Service. In 258 career regular season games, Leblanc had 27 goals and 93 assists (120 points). As an overage player during the 2016-17 season, Leblanc set career highs in assists and points. “We are really proud of Stefan. He’s terrific hockey player, a great person and we wish him all the best,” added Steelheads’ Head Coach and General Manager, James Richmond.
Leblanc, an assistant captain during the 2016-17 season, played a crucial role in helping the Steelheads capture their first Eastern Conference Championship with 11 points in 20 playoff games.
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