The Alaska Aces entertain and Ontario Reign tonight in the opener of a three-game ECHL series, and it looks like the visitors will be without their leading scorer.
According to eliteprospects.com, Mario Lamoureux, who leads the Reign in goals and points, and is tied for the team league in plus-minus -- he owns 20-20--40 totals and a +15 rating in 46 games -- has hit the road to join his brother, former Aces goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux with Villacher SV in Austria.
Mario Lamoureux last season led ECHL rookies in scoring -- 25-40--65 and +30 in 71 games -- and was named to the All-Rookie Team.
With Villacher, he not only joins his brother, the ECHL's 2009 Goaltender of the Year, but former Aces winger Curtis Fraser and former Aces center Brock McBride.
Big loss for the Reign, and there's no getting Mario Lamoureux back this season. According to the ECHL, the transfer deadline for players in Europe to join ECHL teams was last Saturday, Feb. 15. (You might recall the Aces got Tyler Mosienko, who had been playing in Denmark, on the roster right at the deadline).