Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Pierre Gauthier, announced today the signing of forward Louis Leblanc to a three-year contract. As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Leblanc was selected in the first round, 18th overall, by the Canadiens at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
In 2009-10, Leblanc suited up with the Harvard University Crimson in the ECAC. As a freshman with the Ivy League team, the 6’1’’ and 184 lbs centreman led his team in several offensive categories, including goals (11), assists (12), points (23), gamewinning goals (3) in 31 games and ranked second for power-play tallies (3) and shots on goal (101). The youngest player on the Crimson team, Leblanc was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was a finalist for ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team. Following the 2009-10 season, the Kirkland native was named to Canada’s National Junior Team Camp in preparation of the World Junior Hockey Championship to start on December 26, 2010 in Buffalo, NY.
Prior to enrolling at Harvard, Leblanc, made his mark with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL, leading that team with 59 points in 60 games and earning the Rookie of the Year honour in 2008-09. Before joining the Lancers, Leblanc played for the Lac St. Louis Lions, leading the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League in goals (54) and points (91) playing 43 games in 2007-08. On the international stage, he was a member of Team Quebec at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2007 Canada Winter Games. The following year he played for Team Canada at the 2008 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament scoring three goals (3-2-5), helping Canada win gold.