Canadian contingent keeps growing
With the season looming ever closer, last week saw a flurry of new signings, and much of the activity on the transfer market had a transatlantic flavor.
Canadian goalie Michael Garnett (pictured), a long-time favorite at Traktor Chelyabinsk, was among five players who signed a one-year deal with Slovan Bratislava during the week.
Jokerit Helsinki has enlisted the services of Canadian Brandon Kozun on a one-year contract. The 25-year-old forward, a silver medalist at the 2010 World Junior Championships, spent most of his career plying his trade in the lower leagues of North America, before he was snapped up by Toronto in 2013-14. Last season he enjoyed 20 outings in the NHL for the Maple Leafs (2 goals, 2 assists), plus 23 games for the Marlies in the AHL (5 goals, 6 assists).
Canadian defenseman Keaton Ellerby has signed a one-year deal with Barys Astana. Ellerby, 26, has played in the NHL for the Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets, but spent most of the 2014-15 campaign with the Jets’ AHL side, the Saint John's IceCaps, recording 3 goals and 13 assists in 41 games. His combined NHL stats are 212 games, 4 goals, 23 assists.
Meanwhile, Canadian forward David Brine, previously of HC Valpellice in northern Italy, and American defenseman Mike Marcou, formerly of East Coast Hockey League side Reading Royals, are among five foreigners to sign a try-out contract with Medvescak Zagreb.