Berlin (dpa) – – The German ice hockey champion Eisbären Berlin has strengthened its storm rows. The Canadian Yannick Veilleux is moving from the Laval Rockets, the Montreal Canadiens’ farm team, to Berlin and will receive a one-year contract, as the polar bears announced on Tuesday. “I hope I can help the team win another championship,” said the 28-year-old.
For Veilleux, Berlin is the first stop in Europe. The 1.87 meter long attacker, who was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 2011, has spent most of his career in the American Hockey League (AHL). There Veilleux scored 59 goals in 366 games and gave 52 assists. Last season, the Canadian scored 14 goals and five assists in 26 games for the Laval Rockets.
Veilleux holds the eighth of a total of eleven foreign licenses that are allowed in the German Ice Hockey League. So far, a total of 21 players are under contract with the Eisbären for the new season.