Roster pieces of Medvescak are coming together. As of today the team has two more North American players who were Calder Cup Champions and have played in the NHL. One will strengthen Bears’ defense while the other is a proven goal scorer on both North American and European ice.
Canadian winger, Alexandre Giroux, will join the Bears after spending three seasons in the Swiss HC Ambri-Piotta where he played in 167 games tallying 77 goals and 56 assists.
“Alex is a pure goal scorer. He's done it at a very high level for a long time. He's a very dangerous player from the blue line in, and we felt he will be a great addition to our lineup,“ Aaron Fox, Medvescak's Sports Director said on the new aquisition.
For this experienced scorer who had a 0.91 points per game in the AHL, a double Calder Cup Champion with the Hershey Bears (back-to-back championships), this will be the second season in the KHL. He played his first with Dinamo Riga in his first season outside North America (2012/13). During his time in the AHL he was frequently called up to the NHL where he played in 48 games (tallying 12 points).
As a member of Team Canada he participated in the Spengler Cup three times, and last season he helped Canada win the tournament by tallying two goals.
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Zagreb Bears' defense will welcome Derek Smith from Springfield Falcons who will play his first season in the KHL and second on the European ice.
“Derek is a very skilled 2 way defenseman. He brings NHL games and some leadership to our D corps and also the ability to be a key PP guy for us. He will come in and be able to play a big role and minutes for the club,” Fox said.
In 2007 Smith signed his first professional contract with the Ottawa Senators and spent two years in their AHL team. Two seasons later he made his debut in the NHL. In his last season as a member of the Senators organization, he became the Calder Cup Champion. Next season he joined the Calgary Flames and through three seasons he played in 83 NHL games, tallying two goals and 13 assists.
In his only season outside North America, he played for Zürich-based ZSC Lions. Last season he played in 28 games for the Falcons and tallied 19 points.