EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Great news that will certainly make Edmundston Blizzard fans very happy. Forward Patrick LeBlanc has just signed with the team after a successful stay in the QMJHL.
A 20-year-old player from Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, LeBlanc, 6’ and 156 lbs, played a total of 165 games in the Courteau league, tallying 21 goals and 38 assists for 59 points. He spent most of his junior career with the Charlottetown Islanders. This season, he was traded to the Rimouski Oceanic. In 21 games, he totaled 10 points with Charlottetown and Rimouski.
“Pat is a four-year major junior player who will come and be huge part of our team. Pat is a complete 200-foot player with big offensive upside,” proudly mentioned Blizzard general manager Steve MacPherson, who was his assistant coach during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons with the Moncton Flyers.
Patrick LeBlanc was a Blizzard 4th round pick (48th overall) in the 2018 MHL Midget Player Draft. The same year, Charlottetown selected LeBlanc as its third pick (41st overall) at the QMJHL auction.
During the 2018-2019 campaign with the Moncton Flyers, he finished one point behind the top scorers in the NBPEIMMHL Midget AAA Hockey League. He had amassed an impressive 22 goals and 52 assists in 35 games. He had even taken part in 3 games with the Blizzard in 2018-2019 and 9 with the Charlottetown Islanders.
In the Blizzard camp, management and staff members obviously rub their hands with satisfaction. LeBlanc will bring even more offense to Simon Olivier’s squad, which is currently enjoying a dream streak with nine straight wins.
Patrick LeBlanc and the Blizzard are preparing for Sunday’s game (3 p.m.) in Grand Falls. The Rapids are also very successful with eight wins in their last 10 games.
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Patrick LeBlanc with the Rimouski Océanic on November 16. Photo by FolioPhoto (Photographer: Iften Redjah)
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone