KLUB HOKEJA NA LEDUMEDVEŠČAKZAGREB
ICE HOCKEY CLUB
One Canadian and one Ukrainian with Russian passport will try to capture a spot in the Den, and Gordie Dwyer's roster, during training camp.
With hopes of staying on board, goalie Sergei Gaiduchenko and defenseman Yann Sauve will join the Bears training camp. While announcing the tryout contracts, Medvescak's Sports Director, Aaron Fox said:
“Sergei is a big goalie who is coming off an injury with something to prove. He's still young and has KHL experience playing in a couple top KHL clubs. And in defense, we welcome Yann who’s also looking to come in and make a good impression that he can be a solid depth defenseman. He is a big strong skating two-way D whose game should translate to Europe.”
Gaiduchenko, born in 1989 in Kiev, spent the junior part of his career in Lokomotiv Jaroslavl organization. With the first team he made his KHL debut in 2008/09. As a 21-year-old CSKA Moscow traded for him and in the two years with them he played in 36 games. For he next two seasons he minded the net in Sibir Novosibirsk while playing so far the most efficient KHL season with .926 percentage save through 19 games.
In 2014/15 season he played for VHL's Kuban Krasnodar.
Sauve, a 26-year-old Canadian defenseman, started his career with the Vancouver Canucks when they selected him his a second round pick in 2008 NHL Entry Draft. During the training camp for 2010/2011 NHL season he was hit by a car while crossing the road and the injury kept him off the ice for another two months. Hard work and dedication in his first year as a pro, led him from the ECHL through the AHL where he secured a spot, all the way to the NHL. In the next five season in North America, the Canucks called him up for three more games, and he spent most of the time in the AHL playing in 189 games and tallying 5 goals and 27 assists.
He spent the majority of last season playing for the ECHL's Manchester Monarchs and he is eager to prove he can play at a higher level. In 57 games he put up 30 points (7 goals, 23 assists).
If the Bears coaching staff finds him competent, this will be his first season on European ice.