Play­off upset still a high­light

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS -

LaBar­bera was born in Burn­aby but his ties to Prince Ge­orge go back to 1993 when he was 13 and moved to the city from Lan­g­ley with his par­ents, Deb­bie and Tony, and broth­ers Adam and Matt. His broth­ers now live in Cal­gary and his par­ents are plan­ning to move there from Prince Ge­orge next spring.

LaBar­bera played two sea­sons of ban­tam hockey for the Farr Fabri­cat­ing Kings and had no hes­i­ta­tion when asked to pick out his mi­nor hockey high­light. It hap­pened in the play­offs when Farr took on the older boys on the ma­jor team (Chief­tain Auto Parts) and beat them 4-3 in over­time in Game 2 of the ban­tam re­gional play­offs, a qual­i­fier for the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship. Chief­tain re­cov­ered and won the se­ries in Game 3 but LaBar­bera says he’ll never for­get the 73 saves he made in the game be­fore that.

“They were the 15-year-old team and they were way bet­ter than us – we didn’t have a whole lot of tal­ent but we had some hard­work­ing guys,” he said.

“I’m bud­dies with a lot of those guys I played with when I was 14 and we still talk about that game. It was a big deal for us.”

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