Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Texas Stars Add Forwards Samuel Laberge and Max French to the Mix on AHL Deals

The Texas Stars have added two more forwards to the lineup for 2017-18 in rookies Samuel Laberge and Max French. Laberge attended Dallas Stars Development Camp, which wrapped up this week, after closing out a four-year stint with Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL. French just finished up four years at Bentley University in Canada. The two will compete for jobs in this fall's training camp. If they are not selected, they will likely head to Idaho to serve as call ups and assist the Steelheads in making yet another playoff push.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Wednesday the team has signed rookie forwards Max French and Samuel Laberge for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

French, 24, begins his professional career after finishing a four-year stretch at Bentley University. The West Kelowna, British Columbia native tallied 143 points (67-76=143) in 138 career games for Bentley. Prior to his time in college, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward played from 2008-2013 in the British Columbia Hockey League for the West Kelowna Warriors with 149 points (67-82=149) in 193 games.

Laberge, 20, spent the last four seasons with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and recorded 120 points (55-65=120) in 166 career games. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward was teammates with Stars goaltender Phil Desrosiers for two seasons with Rimouski from 2013-2015. The Chateauguay, Quebec native was a member of Rimouski’s QMJHL championship team in 2014-15 and also played in four Memorial Cup games that season.

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