Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson signs contract with Medvescak.
After several old players decided to stay with Medvescak, the first new name is coming to the Den: Andrew Hutchinson. The American, whose name is engraved on the Stanley Cup, will strengthen the Bears' defence.
"I'm happy that we were able to agree on terms with Andrew Hutchinson. This is a very good defenseman that would bring stability and experience to our team. He's played in the KHL and last season he was targeted by KHL clubs. I think that our success last season and hearing good things about our team, the club, and Zagreb made his decision easier to join us next season. Hutchison is one of the top four defensemen and I think that he will make a visible change to our game'', said Medvescak's sports director Aaron Fox.
Andrew Hutchinson was born in 1990 in Evanston (Illinois, USA). In 199 he was the Nashville Predators' 52nd pick at the NHL draft, but from 2002 he continued to play for Michigan State University's NCAA team. In the 2001-02 season he signed his first professional contract with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals, with whom he then won the Calder Cup in 2003-04. Then in 2003-04 he debuted in the NHL, playing 18 games with the Predators, and then by 2005-06, in his second NHL season, he won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Hutchinson has also played for Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Starts, and the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), for the Hartford Wolf Pack, Norfolk Admirals, Texas Stars, Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL), for Barys Astana (KHL), and ZUG (NLA).
Throughout his professional career Hutchinson played 140 games in the KHL, 479 in the AHL, 107 in the KHL, and 36 in the NLA.