The American forward has been successful in various European hockey leagues.
HC SLOVAN Bratislava management signed forward Chad Rau for the upcoming KHL season. The contract is still subject to registration at the central registry in Moscow.
"His big advantage is that he can be used not only as a center but also as a wing. He proved his productivity in Finalnd as well as KHL by helping his team to score important points. We expect him to fill the same role in Slovan,“ said HC SLOVAN's head coach Vladimír Országh.
The 31-year-old American player joins slovan as his 4th KHL team. His KHL debut was with the Chinese Kunlun Red Star two years ago. Later, he played for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Avangard Omsk. Rau is known as an offense forward, and he would like to prove his productivity to the Slovan fans in Bratislava too.
Rau comes from the American state of Illinois. He played hockey for the NCAA university team for Colorado College, from where he was drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs, although he has never played for them. After the college hockey he hoined the AHL where he was one of the best scoring forwards of his team.
In the first season he scored 38 points for Houston, in the second season he scored two points more. It wasn't a surprise that NHL's Minnesota Wild gave him a chance to play in the top North American hockey league shortly afterward. Unfortunately, he was not as successful as in the AHL, so he decided to go the European route.
After a short experience playing in the EBEL league, he moved to Scandinavia. In Finland he immediately brought attention to him, and in the second season playing for SaiPa Lapperanta he scored excellent 49 points and became the second MVP of the team. Rau became the leader of the team stats with 40 points while playing for the KHL's Kunlun Red Star. His season split between Nizhnekamsk and Omsk was a successful one too.
HC SLOVAN Bratislava look forward to this high-quality arrival, and we hope that the new forward will continue being highly productive in our team.