TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie (PEE-air SEHD-rihk lah-BREE) to a two-year, two-way contract, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Labrie has been assigned to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
Labrie, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, has appeared in 28 games for the Admirals this season, recording six goals and 18 points with a plus-15 rating and 63 penalty minutes. Labrie is sixth in points, ranks third in plus/minus and leads Norfolk in penalty minutes in 2011-12. He also is tied for sixth in the AHL in plus/minus. In 90 games with Norfolk over the previous two seasons, Labrie has recorded 12 goals and 44 points with 203 penalty minutes.
A fifth-year professional, Labrie has appeared in 281 career AHL games between Norfolk, the Peoria Rivermen and the Manitoba Moose. In those games, he has scored 31 goals and 84 points with 483 penalty minutes.
An undrafted forward, Labrie was originally signed by the Vancouver Canucks on July 9, 2007. Vancouver traded him to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Yan Stastny on March 3, 2010.
Prior to turning pro, Labrie spent one season with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the Québec Major Junior Hockey League, posting 35 goals and 63 points with 113 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. He then posted eight goals and 14 points with 35 penalty minutes in only 11 playoff games.