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Number: 7
Born: November 29, 1949
Birthplace: Sudbury, ON, CAN

Player bios courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

When Yvon Labre strapped on his hockey gear, he became a pure foot soldier who fought his battles in the toughest trenches of any arena in which he played.

He launched his advent to the big leagues with the Toronto Marlboros where he toiled as a slow-skating, defensive defenseman who played tough, engaged in scraps, and inspired his teammates with his big heart.

He made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1970 before being dispatched to the minors where he played in Baltimore, Amarillo, and Hershey. He won a return engagement with the Pens in 1973-74 and was then returned to the minors until the Washington Capitals selected him in the 1974 Expansion Draft.

His transition to the Caps marked his arrival as a full-fledged NHLer. The problem was, Labre was playing for one of the worst teams in league history?and he even had to struggle to make that team each year. He survived by throwing every ounce of his heart into clearing creases and engaging in fights that, more often than not, he lost because his arms were too short, as he once joked.

By 1980-81, Labre's knee gave out, forcing his early retirement. As a tribute to his career, he was invited out to centre ice where the Caps acknowledged his contribution to the club. In the process, he was stunned to learn that his #7 was to be retired to the rafters of the MCI Center.

Labre has since stayed on with the Caps' organization as a director of special programs.


Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Washington Capitals NHL 76 4 23 27 182 -54
1975-76 Washington Capitals NHL 80 2 20 22 146 -38
1976-77 Washington Capitals NHL 62 3 11 14 169 -5
1977-78 Washington Capitals NHL 22 0 8 8 41 0
1978-79 Washington Capitals NHL 51 1 13 14 80 +7
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 18 0 5 5 38 +3
1980-81 Washington Capitals NHL 25 2 4 6 100 -2