RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired center Cedric LaLonde-McNicoll (la-LAWND mihk-NIH-kohl) and Colorado’s sixth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for center Stephane Yelle and forward Harrison Reed.
LaLonde-McNicoll, 21, is in his first full professional season, spending most of the season with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has totaled five goals and eight assists (13 points) in 45 games with the Monsters on the AHL level, and has also played four games with Charlotte of the ECHL, totaling four points (1g, 3a). LaLonde-McNicoll (5’10”, 178 lbs.) was signed by Colorado as an undrafted free agent on March 6, 2009, after scoring 104 points (38g, 66a) in 65 games during his final season of junior hockey with Shawinigan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He was named to the QMJHL’s First All-Star Team in 2008-09, and earned the QMJHL’s most sportsmanlike player and the Canadian Hockey League’s Sportsman of the Year award for the second consecutive season. LaLonde-McNicoll’s career statistics are attached to this release.