Montreal, Quebec, June 25, 2020 – The Montreal Canadiens today announced that Kevin Labincourt, the team’s all-time leading scorer and first-team all-star, will be returning to Montreal in 2019.
Labanc, who is one of the game’s best scorers and the Canadiens’ franchise leader in goals (2,637), assists (2.76) and points (2:54, 23rd in the NHL), will be reunited with teammates and coaching staff as the team prepares for the 20th season of the NHL’s National Hockey League (NHL) in the 2019-20 season.
The 20th NHL season of NHL games will be the Canadiens first season of hosting games outside of the United States since the 2007-08 season.
Labanc’s return is part of a long-term goal of building a cohesive and unified hockey group in Montreal, with Labanc representing the club on the front lines and in the locker room.
He has been an integral part of the team for over 20 years, including leading the team to the Stanley Cup in 2008.
Labais most recent season with the Canadiens was in 2009-10, when he posted 37 goals and 82 points.
He is the Canadiens all-season leader in assists (1,972), third in points (1.88) and is second on the team in games played (1 1/2,527).
Labanc will join his teammates and the entire team for a special visit to the team practice facility in Montreal today, where he will be joined by his wife and daughters, who are celebrating the birth of their first child.
This is a tremendous opportunity for the young family and the team, and we are so excited for Kevin and the rest of the young team to join us at the rink and celebrate the birth this summer, said Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.
Labincourt joins teammate and Hall of Fame center Rick Nash as members of the Canadiens franchise to return to Montreal for the first time since they retired in 2018.
The two accomplished Hall of Famers will join veteran players such as Martin Brodeur, Patrice Bergeron, Mike Bossy, Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban as well as former Canadiens defenseman Brendan Gallagher, who played his entire career with the team.