VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 2: Joseph Labate #62 of the Vancouver Canucks is checked by Marcus Sorensen #20 of the San Jose Sharks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena October 2, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/ISN)

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks announced today that the club has re-signed forward Joseph LaBate to a one-year, two-way contract.

“Joseph provided a physical presence to both lineups in Vancouver and Utica last season,” said Benning. “He’s a big, strong player and provides further depth to the forward group within our organization.”

LaBate, 24, registered 1.8 hits per game in 13 appearances with the Canucks in 2016.17. He made his NHL debut on November 23rd at Arizona. The 6-5, 210-pound forward also collected 16 points (6-10-16) and 80 penalty minutes in 38 games for Utica last season. In 106 career AHL games, all with Utica,LaBate has registered 36 points (16-20-36) and 161 penalty minutes.

A native of Burnsville, Minnesota, LaBate was drafted by Vancouver in the fourth round, 101st overall,in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.