Kane Lafranchise Called up to Oklahoma CityJanuary 2, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) - Alaska Aces
Lafranchise, 24, has spent his entire pro career with the Aces, spanning 131 combined regular season and postseason games. The Edmonton, Alberta native will make his AHL debut for the primary affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. This season Lafranchise has 21 points (4g, 17a) in 30 games, leading Alaska defensemen in scoring. He is tied for sixth among ECHL defensemen in scoring. Lafranchise is also tied for fifth in both assists by defensemen and power play points by defensemen. He is tied for first in the league with two overtime goals this year. He has ended games with OT goals on November 16 vs. Colorado, and December 1 at Ontario.
Last year - in his first complete professional season - Lafranchise was a breakout star on the Aces blue line. He finished second among Alaska defenseman in scoring with 34 points (3g, 31a), and finished 14th overall among ECHL defensemen. He ended the year ninth in assists by a defenseman. He added five points (g, 4a) in 10 playoff games. Lafranchise led the Aces in plus-minus during the regular season, and finished second among ECHL blue liners with a +20 rating. The 6'1", 199 lbs. Lafranchise was still considered a rookie last year by ECHL standards after joining the team in February 2010 and remaining with the club for the rest of the season and playoffs. This year Lafranchise attended training camp in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters.
Prior to turning pro, Lafranchise played three seasons for the University of Alaska - Anchorage from 2007-2010. In his Seawolves career, the blue liner posted 33 points (9g, 24a) in 97 career games. Last season Lafranchise was also recognized by The Hockey News as the winner of the worldwide hockey "Name of the Year" tournament for 2012.
The Aces hit the road to open up 2013 in California. Alaska visits Stockton on Friday night and Ontario on Saturday and Sunday. The club returns to Anchorage to host the Ontario Reign on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tickets are on sale now at the Aces office, Sullivan Arena box office, Fred Meyer Locations and online at www.ticketmaster.com. All Aces games can be heard on NewsTalk 103.7FM and 750AM KFQD. For more information, please contact the Aces office at 907.258.ACES, or visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/alaskaaceshockey. The Aces would like to wish all of their fans and corporate partners a very safe and happy new year.
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