Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Yvon Labre
When Yvon Labre strapped on his hockey gear, he became a pure foot soldier who fought his battles in the toughest trenches of any arena in which he played.

He launched his advent to the big leagues with the Toronto Marlboros where he toiled as a slow-skating, defensive defenseman who played tough, engaged in scraps, and inspired his teammates with his big heart.

He made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1970 before being dispatched to the minors where he played in Baltimore, Amarillo, and Hershey. He won a return engagement with the Pens in 1973-74 and was then returned to the minors until the Washington Capitals selected him in the 1974 Expansion Draft.

His transition to the Caps marked his arrival as a full-fledged NHLer. The problem was, Labre was playing for one of the worst teams in league history -- and he even had to struggle to make that team each year. He survived by throwing every ounce of his heart into clearing creases and engaging in fights that, more often than not, he lost because his arms were too short, as he once joked.

By 1980-81, Labre's knee gave out, forcing his early retirement. As a tribute to his career, he was invited out to centre ice where the Caps acknowledged his contribution to the club. In the process, he was stunned to learn that his #7 was to be retired to the rafters of the MCI Center.

Labre has since stayed on with the Caps' organization as a director of special programs.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.B 32 0 14 14
1967-68 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 43 4 8 12 107 5 0 0 0 18
1968-69 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 54 1 16 17 185 6 1 1 2 26
1969-70 Baltimore Clippers AHL 64 1 8 9 111 5 0 2 2 38
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 21 1 1 2 19 +2
1970-71 Amarillo Wranglers CHL 42 2 9 11 125
1971-72 Hershey Bears AHL 59 3 9 12 134 4 2 1 3 20
1972-73 Hershey Bears AHL 72 8 29 37 170 7 1 3 4 35
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 1 2 3 13 -7
1973-74 Hershey Bears AHL 56 6 23 29 135 14 1 5 6 42
1974-75 Washington Capitals NHL 76 4 23 27 182 -54
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 80 2 20 22 146 -38
1976-77 Washington Capitals NHL 62 3 11 14 169 -5
1977-78 Washington Capitals NHL 22 0 8 8 41 0
1977-78 Hershey Bears AHL 21 1 6 7 72
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 51 1 13 14 80 +7
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 18 0 5 5 38 +3
1980-81 Washington Capitals NHL 25 2 4 6 100 -2
NHL Totals 371 14 87 101 788


Claimed by Washington from Pittsburgh in Expansion Draft, June 12, 1974.
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