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KHL Medveščak got a new-old reinforcement! Starting today, Samson Mahbod joined the roster of the popular Zagreb hockey team, and his name is well known to all the supporters. This 28 years old North American of Persian roots with a very interesting earlier career, joined the Bears for the first time last season as an attacker of the (then) KHL team. Now he is back, with a new season contract, to replace injured Perkovich and Puskarich. Speaking of his talents and success, it is enough to quote the sports director Aaron Fox:
»Samson's career had a unique course. Only with his hard work, he climbed to the top of European hockey, and his ambition was to prove himself and to show that one can always play on a higher level, and is always willing to sacrifice whatever is necessary to get his chance. He brings speed in the game and plays with very strong energy and passion. He can take any role that helps the team. We know what we can expect from him and we are very happy that he joined our team at this particular moment.«
With his efforts and results, Mahbod earned his place in the first team in the last (KHL) season; he played 30 games in total, with two goals and six assists. So, his comeback to the Bears comes to no surprise, and there is no doubt that the supporters' response on the return of the top athlete is going to be more than positive!
It is really interesting to follow the career of the Canadian player. After junior hockey, when he won the championship of QMJHL with his team Drummondville Voltigeurs, Mahbod changed as many as four ECHL teams in his first professional season (2010/11). The next season he played for Arizona Sundogs, and scored 22 points in 43 games. The year after he left Alaska Aces for Europe, the Polish league, just in time for the playoffs. He stayed in Poland for one more season, and won the championship with KH Sanok. In the regular season he scored 81 points in 39 games, and in the playoffs he contributed with 23 points in the final victory, and also won the award for the best player, best scorer and best assistant. One championship was followed by another - it was just the league that changed. In his constant effort to become better and better, this Montreal-born 176 cm tall center joined the Russian VHL and Toros Neftekamsk. He contributed with 13 points in 20 playoffs games to this new championship win. From Russia he moved to Finland and played for the Blues, where he had an average of 0.39 points per game, which brought him the title of the second most efficient player of the team.
Mahbod joins the team today, but it is not yet know whether he will appear in the tonight's game or not.