Friday, June 25, 2021

Reds Add D-Man Larose

The defending AUS Champion UNB Reds continue to re-load their roster in preparation of the 2021-2022 season, announcing the addition of defenceman Nathan Larose yesterday. 

Larose, a 6'2", 194 pound native of Mirabel, Quebec has spent the last five seasons in the QMJHL, playing for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, Saint John Sea Dogs, and Cape Breton Eagles. An alternate captain for each of the last three seasons, Larose turned into one of the best offensive defenceman in the league following his trade to Cape Breton during the 2018-2019 season. He put up 17 goals and 20 assists while being a +34 in 51 games in his first full season with the Eagles. Then, this past year, he led all 'Q' rearguards with 17 goals and added 16 assists in 31 games in the pandemic-disrupted season. His 33 points led all Cape Breton players. 

Overall, Larose posted 104 points (45 goals, 59 assists) in 206 career major junior games.    

Reds fans can expect "a high-level offensive skill package, highlighted by excellent skating ability and a powerful shot", says head coach Gardiner MacDougall. Further, associate coach Rob Hennigar describes Larose as "a player who has a lot of tools" who has a shot that "is exceptional and can be a game breaker".

Larose joins a defensive corps that has lost stalwarts Marcus McIvor, Matt Murphy, Olivier LeBlanc, and Tristan Pomerleau over the last two summers. It currently includes Joe Gatenby, Noah Carroll, Benjamin Gagne, Conner Hall, and fellow rookies Kade Landry and Adam McCormick.