HC SLOVAN Bratislava's defense will be enforced by an experienced NHL player.
The club signed a one-year contract with the defenseman Éric Gélinas. The contract is subject to registration at the Central Player's Registry in Moscow. This will be his KHL debut after he spent several seasons in the AHL and NHL.
Éric Gélinas comes from the Canadian town Varnier in the Ontario province. His hockey beginnings go back to the well-known Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) thanks to his quick skating and strong shots. He spent there four seasons. He caught eyes of the scouts and got drafted from the 54th place by New Jersey Devils in 2009.
Gélinas played his first senior league season at the AHL's Albany, a year later he joined the Devils on ice. The next season he became a stable part of the Devils' roster.
In February 2016 he got traded to Colorado Avalanche. He spent two seasons with the Avalanches, then he played for the Montreal Canadiens' AHL team Laval, where he scored 26 points for 13 goals and 13 assists. Not too shabby for a defenseman.
Éric Gélinas (6 ft 4 in, 210 lb) played 189 NHL games during which he scored 55 points for 14 goals and 41 assists.
HC SLOVAN Bratislava welcome the overseas hockey player, and we wish him a successful season in our blue jersey.