An interesting and unusual career had brought the 27-year-old Canadian-American of Persian decent, in his fourth full season on European ice, to Medvescak. Gordie Dwyer's team will be joined by a VHL and Polish Champion, Samson Mahbod.
Aaron Fox, Medvescak's Sports Director, said of the new forward, who will play his first season in the KHL, but second in Russia, in the Den:
„Samson is coming from a very unique career path. He has literally worked his way up from the bottom to the top of European hockey. His goal has been to continue to prove he can play at a higher level and is willing to sacrifice whatever necessary to have that opportunity. He is a player who plays with lots of speed and willing to play with lots of energy and passion. He will play whatever role necessary to help the club. He is coming in with very low risk to us and will have a opportunity to prove that he can find a role. He’s coming of a year in the SM Liiga where he finished 2nd on team in scoring and played in all situations.“
After juniors, when he won the QMJHL title with Drummondville Voltigeurs, Mahbod played for four ECHL teams in his first season as a pro (2010/11). A season after that, he joined Arizona Sundogs and had 22 points in 43 games.
Next year he left for Europe, more specifically Poland, from the Alaska Aces, just in time for playoffs. He stayed there for another season and won the championship with KH Sanok. During the regular season he tallied 81 points through 39 games, and in the playoffs he achieved 23 points, won the MVP title and all the scoring titles he could.
One Championship followed another, only the league changed. In his constant effort to be better, a 176 cm tall Montreal-born center joined the Russian VHL and Toros Neftekamsku. For the title he tallied 13 points in 20 playoff games.
Last season he moved on to Finland, to the Blues team where he had a 0.39 points per game which secured him a second place in scoring efficiency on the team.
Mahbod will join the team in the next 24 hours.