The Napanee Raiders believe they found a big centre with big potential when they pounced on former Embrun Panther Maverick Labrie as a late-summer acquisition.
A Russell, Ont. native, Labrie has come to Queen’s University in Kingston to study kinesiology. In his first year with the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Panthers last year, the 6’3, 185-lb forward managed seven goals and 13 assists while playing primarily in a checking role. While Labrie uses his big frame well in traffic, he’s eager to show off his creativity and finesse on the Strathcona Paper Centre ice.
“I see myself as a smart player who is a threat offensively, but who also works hard to get back and be a responsible presence defensively,” he said. “My speed and hands are my two best assets and I like to play in a physical, fast paced game.”
Labrie said he found a really comfortable fit with the Raiders.
“Since the first contact I had with Napanee, they have been very accommodating and have proved to be a great organization. The staff and players are good people and ones I want to surround myself with. Also, the team’s involvement in the community is something that I admire. I can’t wait to start getting involved and get the season going.”
Ultimately, he said he is fueled by his competitive nature and the chance to be a leader and significant contributor on a championship team. When the PJHL season starts, Labrie said he’ll be ready.
“My goals for this season are to hopefully come out of the gates flying in December once the season is able to start and to continue all-gas, no-brakes. Since it’s a shorter season, every game matters that much more and I am going to focus on consistently making a positive impact.”
Coach Ben Hagerman believes Labrie will be a good addition to the nucleus the Raiders are building.
“We are fortunate to have acquired a player with so many assets,” he said. “His size and strength will give him opportunities to win puck battles in all three zones, his speed will increase our team speed and his skill will make his line mates better. We look forward to working with Mav over the next number of years.”
Stay tuned for more announcements about commitments for new and returning players.