The Vancouver Canucks re-signed forward Joseph LaBate to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday.
“Joseph provided a physical presence to both lineups in Vancouver and Utica (of the American Hockey League) last season,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. “He’s a big, strong player and provides further depth to the forward group within our organization.”
The 24-year-old LaBate provides a physical presence at the NHL level, where he recorded 24 hits in limited ice time over 13 games last season.
At the AHL level, the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder had six goals, 10 assists and 80 penalty minutes in 38 games last season. In 106 career AHL games, all with Utica, LaBate has 16 goals, 20 assists and 161 penalty minutes.
A native of Burnsville, Minn., LaBate was drafted by Vancouver in the fourth round in 2011.