LeBlanc spent two-and-a-half seasons with Saint John before being traded to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles during the 2014-15 trade period. He spent the remainder of his QMJHL career with the Eagles, a career that came to an end this past season.
“He’s a player who has been a leader wherever he’s played and he exudes character,” said Varsity Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall in a press release. “He brings a tremendous work ethic and will be looked upon to provide offence and stability from the back end.”
The 21-year-old defenceman will study psychology at UNB.
“The way UNB approached me during the year really showed me how much class the people that work for the Varsity Reds have,” said LeBlanc. “The desire and ability to win every single year was also something that brought me to choose UNB.”
LeBlanc was a first round pick of the Sea Dogs in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft. He was also seventh-round selection of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2014 NHL Draft but was never signed.
The Varsity Reds also added Victoriaville Tigres defenceman Tristan Pomerleau.
UNB also officially announced Tristan Pomerleau. LeBlanc doesn't surprise me at all, been kicking in the rumour mill for awhile.— Victor Findlay (@Finder_24) July 4, 2017
UNB has increased the amount of Quebec-born QMJHL players on its roster in recent years and are seemingly able to compete with UQTR when it comes to recruiting top talent from the province.UNB has enough D for next year now. But if they want another, Zach Malatesta, Aaron Irving, or Stephen Desrocher (long-shot) are options.— Victor Findlay (@Finder_24) July 4, 2017
Last season, the national champion Varsity Reds featured former Sea Dogs Mike Thomas, Stephen Anderson, Oliver Cooper and Matt Murphy.
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