Goalie Barry Brust has decided to wear the Zagreb Bears' blue jersey for another season, and joining Medvescak for the 2014-15 season will be new defenseman Mark Flood and forward Matt Anderson. Flood and Anderson have developed their careers primarily in the AHL, a bit in the NHL, and they are also no strangers to the KHL.
''Mark is a player who we had our eyes on last year after playing in Russia's Lokomotiv last season. Although he went back to the U.S. last year to play 'at home', we've kept tabs on him with an open invitation to come to Zagreb. And we did it! Mark is going to be a high end defenseman for us that can play in all situations and that's exactly what will make us a better team. He has heard great things from some old teammates about Medvescak, Zagreb, and Croatia and is excited to be a part of our organization and help us achieve our goals’’, said Medvescak's director of athletics Aaron Fox.
Mark Flood was born in 1984 in Charlottetown (P.E.I., Canada). In 2003, when he played for the junior OHL team the Peterborough Petes, he was drafted by the NHL's Montreal Canadiens as their 188th pick. He played his first professional games in 2005-06 for the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) and the Dayton Bombers (ECHL). He premiered in the NHL in 2009-10 in the New York Islanders' jersey, and two seasons later he became part of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets and played 33 games with them. He has also played in the AHL with the Albany River Rats, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Manitoba Moose, St. John's IceCaps, and Charlotte Checkers.
Flood will be debuting in the Medvescak jersey in 2014-15, but not in the league. The Canadian already has KHL experience from 2012-13 when he played for Lokomotiv from Yaroslavl.
Matt Anderson was born in 1982 in West Islip (New York, USA). He signed his first professional contract in 2006-07 with the Chicago Wolves and stayed with them for four seasons, winning the Calder Cup in 2007-08. In the 2010-11 season he traded the Wolves for Devils, joining the Albany Devils - The New Jersey Devils' AHL affiliates. He spent three seasons with Albany (199 games), and in 2012-13 he debuted in the NHL with New Jersey. Last season he took on a new challenge by replacing North America with Russia, the AHL with the KHL, and Albany with Spartak from Moscow (54 games, 20 points).
''Matt is a very versatile forward who can play in all situations. He had a very strong KHL season last year in Spartak Moscow. He is player who we feel can step in immediately and help replace some of the key players we lost to other clubs. We had tried to sign him a year ago and feel the success of our team this season played a big part of being able to get him here for the upcoming season'', said Fox.
Goalie Barry Brust joined the Bears in 2013-14. During the regular season he was on net for 28 games, had a 93% save average, while his goals against average was 2.06. Throughout the season he had 4 shutouts, and in October 2013 he was named the league's best goalie for that month. He was on net for two playoff games with a save % of 87.7 and GAA of 3.57.
''We are happy to have Barry back next year. We feel that we have one of the best goalie situations in the KHL with two high end goalies that can win us a game on any night'', said Fox.