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Paul LaDue
Player Profile:
Paul LaDue 1743540
Position: Defense
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 197
Year: Junior
Hometown: Grand Forks, N.D.
Club: Lincoln-USHL
Major: Social Science
  • Paul LaDue Career Statistics

2015-16 (Junior): Assistant captain ... Named All-NCHC honorable mention ... Named to Ice Breaker All-Tournament Team on the opening weekend of the season ... Tied for the conference lead among defensemen with a career-best plus-31 rating ... Was a plus or even in 35 of his 41 games … Logged a plus-8 in four games during the NCAA postseason … Was a plus-2 in each of UND’s two games at the NCAA Frozen Four … Tied Nick Schmaltz for the team lead with a plus-4 in two games at the NCAA Midwest Regional ... Picked up a third-period assist in UND’s 5-1 win over Quinnipiac in the national championship game … Had an empty-net goal, assisted on Rhett Gardner’s game-winning goal, and was a plus-3 in the regional final victory over No. 5 Michigan (March 26) ... Had a pair of assists and was the game’s No. 2 star in UND’s 7-1 win over Colorado College in Game 1 of the NCHC Quarterfinals (March 11) ... Also dished out a pair of assists in a 5-1 win over Denver (Dec. 4) ... Earned third letter … Signed entry-level contract with NHL’s Los Angeles Kings following the season.

2014-15 (Sophomore): Ranked sixth among NCHC defensemen in scoring with a career-high 22 points ... Had a career-high 17 assists among those 22 points ... The first UND defenseman to score 20-plus points in each of his first two seasons since former NHLer Brian Lee did it in 2005-06 and 2006-07 ... Was named NCHC Defenseman of the Week on Oct. 20 after a 5-point weekend in UND’s sweep at Colorado College (Oct. 17-18) ... Racked up a career-high four points (2g, 2a) in the second game of that series, a 7-2 UND win ... Game was the first 2-goal performance of his collegiate career ... Notched an assist one night earlier in the series opener ... Ranked third on the team with 68 blocked shots ... Had a goal and an assist in UND’s 5-1 win over Colorado College to open the NCHC Quarterfinals (March 13) ... Assisted on the game’s first goal in UND’s 4-1 win over No. 11 Quinnipiac in the NCAA West Region semifinal (March 28) ... Blocked five shots in the two regional games … Earned second letter.

2013-14 (Freshman): Named to the All-NCHC Rookie Team … Earned NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament Honors … Received UND’s Male Freshman of the Year Award (all sports) ... Also named team’s rookie of the year … Led UND with a plus-15 rating … Tied for fourth nationally among rookie defensemen with 21 points and tied for eighth in plus/minus … His 21 points were the most by a freshman defenseman at UND since Brian Lee had 27 points in 2005-06 ... His six goals have been topped by only eight other rookie defensemen in UND history ... Had three assists in two games at the NCAA Midwest Regional ... Assisted on both goals in UND’s 2-1 double-overtime win over No. 6 Ferris State in the championship game and was a plus-4 ... Tied for the national lead among defensemen in points (3) and assists (3) during the regional round of the NCAA tournament ... Earned NCHC Rookie of the Month honors for February after collecting two goals and four assists and leading the nation with a plus-14 in seven games ... Was a UND season-best plus-6 in a 9-2 win vs. Miami (Feb. 15) and was a plus-7 in the two-game sweep ... Scored the first two power-play goals of his career (including the game-winner) in a 6-2 win at No. 20 Minnesota Duluth (Feb. 22) ... Scored his first career goal in a 6-3 loss to No. 20 Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 16 ... Notched his first collegiate point with an assist in a 4-2 win at No. 1 Miami in the NCHC opener ...  Blocked 51 shots on the season ... Twenty of his 21 points came in his last 34  games after being held to one point in his first seven collegiate games ... Earned first letter.

Before UND: Selected in the sixth round (191st overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft … Spent the previous two seasons with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL where he was a teammate of future UND teammate Luke Johnson, who is also his cousin … Set the franchise scoring record for defensemen with 83 points (21g, 62a) and was a plus-63 in 118 career games with Lincoln … Was named the USHL Defenseman of the Year in 2012-13 after leading the league’s defensemen in points (49) and assists (37) in 62 games … Collected 34 points (9g, 22a) in 56 games with Lincoln in 2011-12 and led USHL defensemen with a plus-36 rating … Spent the 2010-11 season with the Alexandria Blizzard of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and was named to the NAHL All-Rookie Second Team after recording three goals and 19 assists in 56 games … A 2011 graduate of Grand Forks (N.D.) Central High School, where he played prep hockey in 2009-10 and had 10 goals and 25 assists in 27 games.

Personal: Majoring in social science … Son of Jay and Carrie LaDue … Mother attended UND … Uncle, Steve Johnson, played at UND from 1984-88, was a member of UND’s 1987 NCAA championship team, and was a first-team All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist in 1987-88.

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