New York Rangers President and General Manager, Glen Sather, announced today that the club has agreed to terms with goaltender, Jason LaBarbera, on a professional contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
LaBarbera, 20, split last season between the Portland Winter Hawks and the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In 34 appearances with Portland, he led the team with a 3.68 goals against average and a .903 save percentage, while posting a 8-24-2 record. After joining the Spokane Chiefs, LaBarbera appeared in 21 games and posted a 12-6-2 mark, a 2.62 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. In nine post-season appearances with the Chiefs, he owned a record of 6-1, along with a 2.48 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.
The 6-2, 205-pound goaltender has appeared in 140 career matches with Tri-City, Portland and Spokane, posting a record of 62-58-14, along with a 3.30 goals against average. He has posted a 6-5 mark in 11 career post-season matches with Portland and Spokane, along with a 3.23 goals against average.
The native of Burnaby, British Columbia, LaBarbera was New York’s third selection, 66th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.