Karel St. Laurent Returns to Reading in ECHL
October 27, 2011
The Providence Bruins, in their 20th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that forward Yannick Riendeau been recalled from the Reading Royals of the ECHL and that goaltender Karel St. Laurent has been assigned to Reading.
Riendeau, 23, was assigned to Reading on October 11 after going pointless in one game for Providence. In four games with Reading this season, the forward tallied one goal and one assist. The third-year appeared in 54 games with the Royals during his sophomore season. A native of Boucherville, PQ, Riendeau tallied a professional career-high of 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points last season in Reading. The right wing also appeared in Providence last season, going pointless in six games for the P-Bruins.
Prior to turning pro in 2009, Riendeau enjoyed a standout junior season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs. In 2008-09 with Drummondville, Riendeau led the Québec Major Junior Hockey League in scoring during both the regular season and playoffs. In 64 regular season games, the right wing scored 58 goals and 68 assists for 126 points. He added 52 points, including 29 goals in just 19 postseason contests. Riendeau's playoff totals set Voltigeurs franchise records, while his 16 postseason power play goals set a QMJHL record. His postseason performance earned him the league's Guy Lafleur Trophy as the Playoff Most Valuable Player. Riendeau was signed to an entry-level contract by Boston on April 2, 2009.
St. Laurent, 20, was originally recalled from Reading on October 12. The goaltender made his professional debut on October 14, relieving Anton Khudobin for the final 26 minutes versus the Manchester Monarchs. In Providence, St. Laurent went 1-0-0 while compiling a 3.46 GAA and .907 save percentage. The rookie earned his first professional win in his first professional start on October 22 in Portland. In 60 minutes, St. Laurent stopped 37 Portland attempts for a 4-3 win. St. Laurent, who hails from Ville Ste-Catherine, PQ is in his rookie season after three junior seasons with Saint John (QMJHL) and Surrey (BCHL).
*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com