Labanc signs four-year contract to stay with Sharks

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Kevin Labanc signed a four-year contract to remain with the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 24-year-old forward, who was a restricted free agent, scored 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 70 games with San Jose Sharks last season. 

“Kevin brings a rare level of offensive skill and creativity to our lineup and has established himself as a top-six forward in our league,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. “His Game 7 playoff performance (one goal, three assists in 5-4 overtime win against Vegas Golden Knights in 2019 Western Conference First Round) is one of the most iconic moments in Sharks history and is a perfect example of the impact he can have on a hockey game. Kevin has shown a consistent ability to perform at a high level in both the regular season and the playoffs and he will be a big part of our club in the coming years.”

Selected by San Jose in the sixth round (No. 171) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Labanc has scored 149 points (50 goals, 99 assists) in 284 regular-season games and 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Labanc has 48 career power-play points and 149 penalty minutes.

“[Labanc] adds some important ingredients to our lineup, especially with how we want to play going forward,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “His creativity makes him a player that other teams have to be aware of and we’re excited to see that on display at both 5-on-5 and on the power play.”

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