Walleye Sign Two Forwards and a Defenseman
August 11, 2015
Forwards Jean-Paul LaFontaine, Kurt Etchegary and defenseman Andrew Prochno have agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2015-16 season.
LaFontaine the nephew of former NHL forward Pat LaFontaine, has spent the past four years at Minnesota State University-Mankato where he picked up 127 points (48G, 79A) in 156 contests. The 23-year-old posted a career best 20 goals with 20 assists during the 2013-14 season helping the Mavericks to a WCHA title. With 13 goals and 15 assists in 2011-12, he was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team. The native of Faribault, Minnesota spent one season playing for Green Bay of the USHL prior to his collegiate career with 15 goals and 33 assists over 60 games during the 2010-11 season.
"These three players all made an impact at their previous levels," Head Coach Derek Lalonde said. "They will fit our culture of playing fast, playing with pace and being character individuals."
Etchegary is a native of St. John's, Newfoundland and has been team Captain for the Quebec Remparts each of the past two seasons. This past season the 20-year-old posted career highs with 25 goals, 35 assists and 90 penalty minutes. He also averaged over a point per game in the postseason with 26 (8G, 18A) in 22 games helping to lead the Remparts to an appearance in the Memorial Cup. His QMJHL career spanned 208 games in which the 5'11", 190 pound forward had 137 points (53G, 84A) and was a plus 39.
Prochno just completed his college career at St. Cloud State where the defenseman had 91 points (16G, 75A) in 147 games played while being a plus 50. The 23-year-old started his college career with a bang posting a career-best 29 points (5G, 24A) in 38 games to land on the WCHA All-Rookie Team for 2011-12. Twice he ended a season with a five goals and also had a season with 23 assists in 2012-13. During last season, the 5'11, 190-pound defenseman served as an assistant captain for the Huskies.