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We wanted to use today to take a look at Kevin Labanc, as well as top-producing Barrie Colts players over the years. 

At the 2011 Priority Selection Draft Kevin Labanc was selected by the Ponies 103rd overall by the Colts. The Staten Island native would make his Colts debut in the 2013-14 season after spending time in the USHL. After 65 games played over his rookie campaign, Kevin would score 11 goals and add 24 assists for a total of 35 points.

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Though 35 points is a solid point total for a rookie, Labanc isn't listed on any rookie record lists, but that is about the only team record list you won't find Labanc's name on. His final two years with Barrie saw him reach the 100 point mark both times. With 107 points in 2014-15 and 127 points in his OA year, Labanc could easily be brought into any conversation about the greatest Barrie Colts players of all time. 

2015-16 was his final year with the Colts and he scored 39 goals and 88 assists. His 88 assists beat the team's all-time record for assists in a single season. The original record was 76 which Labanc set himself the previous season. 

After 3 seasons, Labanc played 189 regular-season games, scoring 81 goals and adding 188 assists for a total of 269 points. He also added 39 points in 35 playoff games. After 3 seasons in the OHL here is how he ranks among all-time Colts.

  • 2015-16 he scored 127 points - Most in team history over a season. 
  • 2014-15 he scored 107 points - 5th most in team history over a season.
  • 2015-16 he got 88 assists - Most in team history over a season.
  • 2014-15 he got 76 assists - 2nd most in team history over a season. 
  • 2015-17 he was a +60 - Best plus/minus over a season in team history. 
  • 2013-16 he scored 269 points - 4th most in team history. 
  • 2013-16 he scored 81 goals - 10th most in team history.
  • 2013-16 he got 188 assists - 3rd most in team history. 

The 2015-16 season saw him take some hardware home to finish off his OHL career. He would win the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy (Scoring champion), Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy (Top scoring right-winger) and the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy (Over Age player of the year).

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In 2014, Labanc was drafted 171st overall by the San Jose Sharks. Jumping back and forth last season between the Sharks and the Barracuda, Kevin would complete his rookie season playing in 55 games, scoring 8 goals and adding 22 assists. The sharks named him the team's rookie of the year.

Here is a look at the top producing Barrie Colts in team history. 

Most Goals (American born)

  1. B.J. Crombeen - 86
  2. Brendan Lemieux - 83
  3. Kevin Labanc - 81
  4. Vladimir Nikiforov - 59
  5. Roy Radke - 51

Most Assists (American born)

  1. Kevin Labanc - 188
  2. Vladimir Nikiforov - 100
  3. B.J. Crombeen - 84
  4. Mark Langdon - 61
  5. Brendan Lemieux - 58

Most Points (American born)

  1. Kevin Labanc - 269 
  2. B.J. Crombeen - 170
  3. Vladimir Nikiforov - 159
  4. Brendan Lemieux - 141
  5. Mark Langdon - 99

Most Games Played (American born)

  1. B.J. Crombeen -248
  2. Kevin Labanc - 198
  3. Eric Reitz - 192
  4. Ed Hill - 179
  5. Brendan Lemieux - 175

Most Penalty Minutes (American born)

  1. B.J. Crombeen - 516
  2. Eric Reitz - 416
  3. Brendan Lemieux - 370
  4. Ed Hill - 209
  5. Chris Feil - 209

Happy 4th of July! And please remember, if you are drinking to do so responsibly and please don't drink and drive.