Kane Lafranchise Released From PTO

AHL Hockey: Jan 18 Barons vs Rampage
Photo courtesy of Steven Christy.

The Oklahoma City Barons officially announced the departure of defenseman Kane Lafranchise from his PTO this morning. Lafranchise was brought in to lend a hand to a wobbly group of Barons defenders as the team wrestled with NHL lockout and no NHL lockout. Last night via twitter he made the announcement that he’d return to the Alaska Aces immediately. Likewise, he thanks Oklahoma City for his chance.

Good luck to Kane!

Official Release:

The Oklahoma City Barons released defenseman Kane Lafranchise from his PTO, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.

Lafranchise, a 6-1, 195-pounder from Edmonton, Alberta has played each of the last three seasons with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. In 121 games with the Aces, Lafranchise has scored 60 points (7-53-60) while serving 40 penalty minutes. He skated in nine games with the Barons.

Prior to turning pro, Lafranchise played three seasons with the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Over those three seasons, he played in 97 games, scoring 33 points (9-24-33). He played two-plus seasons with the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. In 119 games, he scored 55 points (19-36-55).